Keep Cool in the Heat
This week is the first official week of summer and the last few days have brought the heat with it. Right on time, the NW got its first dose of weather above the 90° mark.
Hot weather can create some serious issues for residents if we are not prepared. Hot weather causes more deaths than any other weather-related hazard. Older adults and those with illnesses are at greater risk. Here are some tips for staying cool during the hot summer months.
1. Keep your cool
Stay in air-conditioned locations as much as possible. If your home is not air conditioned, find places in your community that are air conditioned. Find out if your community has a cooling center available during hot months [Note: When the temperature outside is over 95 degrees, don’t use electric fans to try to stay cool. At this temperature, fans create a false sense of comfort, and do not reduce body temperature]
Cover your windows with drapes to keep out the hot sun
2. Drink water
Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty
If any residents are on a special diet or have end-stage renal disease or advanced congestive heart failure, ask their doctor how to keep them hydrated
3. Protect yourself from the sun
Avoid strenuous or high-energy activities and wear loose and lightweight, light-colored clothing
Wear sunscreen, stay in the shade, and wear a hat with a wide brim
4. Know the signs of heat stress
Watch for signs of heat illness in yourself and others. Signs of heat-related illness include: muscle pains, cramps; heavy sweating, paleness, weakness, dizziness, headache nausea or vomiting; confusion, fainting or unconsciousness; high body temperature (over 103 degrees) with dry skin (not sweating); and rapid pulse.
During these hot days, monitor residents for heat-related issues. Seek out medical help, if necessary.
By keeping your emergency preparedness plan updated to include safety during extreme heat and following these tips, you can help reduce the risk of heat-related issues for yourself and your residents. Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
For more resources, visit Ready.gov.