Heat Related Emergencies

Extreme temperatures are in the forecast this week. Take the following precautions to help keep you and your family safe.

If a period of extreme heat is forecast for your area, take the following precautions:

  • If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the summer months.

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home's air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

  • Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.

  • Install weather stripping on your home's doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.

  • Keep storm windows in place year-round.

  • If you don't have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.

  • Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.

  • Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).

  • Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.

John Planas

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