Tips to stay cool during the upcoming heat wave

This coming heat wave during the Labor Day weekend can be dangerous, even deadly, especially to the very young and the old. Hot, dry weather also increases the danger of wildfire. As it gets hotter it is important to follow the following heat safety tips:

Heat safety tips:

  • Avoid strenuous activity and direct exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day (4- 7 p.m.).
  • Stay cool at home or indoors.
  • If you go outside, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. A hat can help shade your face from the direct sunlight. Protect your skin by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.
  • Stay hydrated. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Minimize alcohol intake, as it can cause dehydration.
  • Never leave children or pets in the car – no exceptions.
  • Open windows and doors in the evening, after 7 pm, to allow house to cool down and ensure to close window/doors, including blinds/drapes in morning to help keep house cool through the heat of the day.
  • Check on your neighbors and family — the heat is very hard on the elderly and those with medical conditions.