As much of the nation (particularly the northeast) is experiencing extremely high temperatures, I thought would post the American Red Cross’ safety checklist for dealing with aheat wave. The tips include:
*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.