Tips for staying safe in the hot weather

stayingcooloutsideWe’re in the middle of the summer heat, with temperatures in the high 90’s most every day. When the heat index (the temperature it *feels like* outside with heat and humidity factored in) reaches 110 degrees or higher, the National Weather Service usually issues a heat advisory. What does that mean?

A heat advisory means that a period of dangerous heat is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create heat index readings of at least 105 degrees and very warm overnight temperatures.

If possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned room and stay out of direct sunshine. Remember, the elderly, very young, and people with heart conditions are most at risk in extreme heat. Friends, relatives, and neighbors should check on people who may be at risk.

Other tips:

  • wear protective clothing such as hats and loose-fitting shirts
  • wear suntan lotion
  • do something to help block the sun
  • try to work in the shade as much as possible
  • stay hydrated


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