#BeatTheHeat – Extreme Heat Safety

Even though it’s the middle of August, the US is still in the middle of some serious heat (particularly in the Southeast). The Ready campaign and America’s PrepareAthon! are promoting awareness of extreme heat, as well as ideas for ways to beat the heat. If the region you live in is affected by this extreme summer heat, check out some of these safety tips; Know Your Risk
  • A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often accompanied by excessive humidity.
  • Stay tuned to local weather forecasts for heat advisories and excessive heat warnings.
  • Learn the difference between a Heat Outlook, Watch, and Warnings.
  • Approximately 175 Americans die every year from extreme heat. Learn more about heat safety, here.
General Tips to Reduce Heat Impact
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty (this also helps prevent dehydration, heat stroke, and more).
  • If you begin to develop heat cramps, rest in a cool place and drink something with electrolytes and sodium, like a sports drink.
  • Frequently check on seniors and people who are ill or may need extra help in the heat.
Stay Indoors • In extreme heat, stay indoors with a working air conditioning system and limit sun exposure. • Fans aren’t enough! If you live in an area affected by extreme heat but do not have A/C at home, go to a public place like a shopping mall or movie theater. • During summer months, about 40% of heat buildup in homes happens because of windows. Use curtains and/or awnings to keep the heat out. • Check A/C ducts for proper installations and weather strip your doors and windows to prevent heat from entering and keep cool air in. Outdoor Protection
  • Loose-fitting clothing actually keeps you cooler than skintight attire. Wear loose, lightweight materials to beat the summer heat.
  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles, where temperatures can easily climb to triple digits.
  • Restrict strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day (11am-2pm).