With record-breaking heat waves sweeping the nation and the worst drought to hit Texas since the 1950s, it has become increasingly important to protect ourselves and our loved ones from rising temperatures using heat wave safety tips.  Not only are rolling electricity black-outs a threat due to increased energy consumption caused by the scorching temperatures (A/C, anyone?), but there is a significant increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths.  These deaths, while tragic, may be preventable through a few heat wave safety tips and techniques.

Beat the Heat! via National Weather Service

Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or rescheduled strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, senior and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limited caffeinated beverages.

During excess heat period, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.

Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn reduced your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

Stay cool, America.  Stay safe.

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