Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Heat Wave to Hit East Coast


Record high temperatures are hitting many states in the nation this week and it seems that we are next. Forecasters are anticipating the heat index values to rise in between the range of 105 to 115 for the rest of the week.

The American Red Cross has published the following precautions to keep you and your family safe during extreme heat conditions.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • 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.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors, and use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
  • 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.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
With code orange and code reds in place, many counties and cities have opened up cooling centers where residents can go and get a break from the sweltering heat. Please visit your city or county government's website to see a list of cooling centers in your area.