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Heat Wave Safety Tips

7/20/2016 (Permalink)

With local temperatures forecasted to stay in the 90s throughout the weekend we wanted to take the opportunity to share some tips for staying healthy and safe during a heat wave.

In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity.

What To Do During a Heat Wave

  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids (WATER!) even if you do not feel thirsty.  
  • Avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, caffeinated beverages and hot, spicy foods that can make dehydration worse.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Try eating more cold foods like salads and fruits.  They contain water and are more refreshing in hot weather than hot foods.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing made from natural fibers, like cotton or linen. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Wear a hat or take an umbrella with you for shade if you’re outside on a hot day.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

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