Oppressive summer heat is currently gripping large portions of the U.S. with high temperatures and intense humidity. In recent years, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events, including floods. A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, generally 10 degrees or more above average, often combined with excessive humidity. With sweltering temperatures out in full force across the country, the American Red Cross offers suggestions on what to do during a heat wave.
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
Extremely high temperatures might have many of us avoiding a lazy day at the park with our families and picnics. However, you can stay cool, head on over to your Educational Outfitters | Academic Outfitters store, and grab a shopping basket full of plaid skirts, khaki shorts, and logo'd polos. It’s the perfect time of year to check items off your back-to-school list!