Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Heat Wave

Even though the calendar shows that we have moved into September, some very hot days are now upon us. With that in mind, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has provided some important tips on staying safe when temperatures rise:

Install air conditioners snugly, insulating if necessary.

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%.

Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.

Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.

Get prepared in case of power outages during warm weather. Power outages during extreme heat can be challenging due to the need to keep cool.

Slow down, avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day.

Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.

Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.

Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.

Stay indoors as much as possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body’s thermostat will have a chance to recover.

If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun.

Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.

Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.