One of the most deadly weather phenomena to hit our region
each summer is heat. Many people do not realize how deadly heat can be. In
contrast to the visible, destructive, and violent nature of thunderstorms,
tornadoes, and floods, heat is a silent killer. Heat kills by taxing the human
body beyond its abilities.
Extreme Heat Safety
How to Prepare
Listen to local weather forecast
and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
Know those in your neighborhood who
are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims
of excessive heat and may need help.
If you do not have air conditioning,
choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part
of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls etc).
Ensure that your animals’ needs for
water and shade are met.
What to do during a Heat Wave
Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or
news outlets for critical updates from the National Weather Service.
Never leave children or pets alone
in enclosed vehicles! “Beat the Heat, Check the Back Seat!”
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of
fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
Eat small meals and eat more often.
Some foods can increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
Avoid extreme temperature changes.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight,
light-colored clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and can help
your body maintain normal temperatures.
Slow down, stay in the coolest
place available (not necessarily indoors) and avoid strenuous exercise during
the hottest part of the day.
Strenuous and outdoor activates
should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.
Take frequent breaks if you must
Check on family, friends and
neighbors who do not have air conditions, who spend much of their time alone or
who are more likely to be affected by heat.
Check on your animals frequently to
ensure they are not suffering from the heat.
For additional information check out this heat safety website:
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