High temperatures and humidity can bring fast-moving summer storms to the area. These storms can result in urban flooding, power outage and downed trees and wires. Before heading outside or on the water, remember to check the weather and have a way to stay updated.
The following tips can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
- Drink water. Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
- Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
- Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
- Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
- Be mindful. Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes cooling down much more difficult.
- Stay cool. If no air conditioning or fans are in your home, consider visiting with friends or family that have air-conditioning or one of the City’s Cooling Centers.
Links to help you prepare for summer hazards:
Safety Tips- Extreme heat/ humidity: Ready.gov- Extreme Heat
Safety Tips: Thunder and Lightning: Ready.gov- Thunderstorms and Lightning
Safety Tips- Power outages Ready.gov- Power outages
Safety Tips- Grilling Safety Grilling Safety
Safety Tips: Fireworks Fireworks Safety
Fireworks Safety- Spanish: Fireworks Safety- Spanish
Safety Tips: Swimming and water safety Stewie the Duck- water safety
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