Summer is here, and much of the U.S. continues to deal with abnormally hot weather. And even if your community hasn’t experienced hotter weather yet, there are ways you can stay safe and cool when warmer temperatures arrive.
Here are some tips on staying cool and safe during extreme heat:
- Be familiar with your local weather forecast by visiting www.weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your phone
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages. 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.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
And hotter weather also affects pets, so remember to give them plenty of water and keep them inside. Check out Ready.gov for more tips on getting prepared, for any emergency.
Photo: A search and rescue dog cools off in a wading pool. High temperatures continue to affect much of the U.S., so having a plan to stay cool is important for both you and your pets.