Temperatures Tuesday, July 17, are expected to reach 101 degrees and combined with the heat index (how hot it feels) could be as high as 110 degrees.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency... call 9 1 1.
Excessive heat is the leading cause of weather-related death, according to the American Red Cross. Use these tips to stay alert and proactive in these extreme conditions.
Tips to Stay Cool and Safe:
- Never leave pets or children in a vehicle for any period of time during heat waves. The temperature inside a car can reach lethal temperatures in matter of minutes.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone or who do not have air conditioning.
- Stay out of the sun if possible, especially in the middle of the day. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by 15 degrees.
- Drink plenty of fluids, but leave the alcohol and caffeine behind. Drink hydrating liquids regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
(Sources: National Weather Service, American Red Cross)