Weather forecasts indicate summer heat and humidity will be returning.  Here’s some quick tips to help you stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water.  Sodas and alcohol (beer, wine) dehydrate us and don’t help at all.  If you don’t like the taste of water, make lemonade or use other flavorings in your water that you may enjoy.
  • Get in air conditioning.  Most homes have air conditioning but, sometimes the air conditioner isn’t working correctly and there are a few homes that don’t have air conditioning.  There are stores and other public places, such as the library that have air conditioning where you can go to cool off.  Fans just blow the hot air around and so they aren’t much use either.  Consider calling your local heating and cooling specialists to have them tune up your air conditioner.
  • Just because it’s cloudy, doesn’t mean it’s not hot and humid.  Be sure to watch or listen to the weather forecasts.
  • Avoid the sun and being outdoors.  When the air is thick and heavy, it can make it hard to breathe or do any activity outdoors.  If you have breathing troubles, use air conditioning to remove the humidity to make it easier for you to breathe. If you must work outside, be sure to take frequent breaks in the shade to help cool you down.
  • Wear lightweight and light colored clothing.
  • Do not leave pets or people in locked parked cars.  Always check the backseat before leaving your vehicle.
  • Think of your pets in this heat too.  They also need water and a cool place to relax.
  • The elderly and young children are most at risk for heat related illness.  Be sure to check on them a couple of times daily.  Also, those with a mental illness or other physical illness such as heart disease may need to limit their activity level further.
  • Stay safe!