Temperatures in our area can rise to sweltering levels at any time during the year. Climate conditions are such that we could experience a heat wave – an extended period of extreme heat that could be dangerous and life-threatening without proper precautions.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.
- Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. (Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.)
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays. Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.