Have you given thought to what the heat index is today? The heat index combines the air temperature with the humidity to provide a number for what the air actually feels like. Today the heat index is off the charts high!
What to do to stay safe?
1. Plan ahead.
If you need to go outside, take a cold shower before leaving your home. Be sure to be well hydrated and carry extra water with you wherever you go today.
2. Refrigerator action - day and night.
Put some damp, soaked washcloths in the fridge and use them throughout the day and later tonight in bed on your forehead, arms, legs, wrists and the back of your neck.
3. Stay out of the kitchen.
No cooking today ... eat cool meals to avoid heating up your stove, countertop range and microwave.
Did you know that plugged in electronic devices, even if they are not powered on, still use electricity and give off heat. Unplug whenever possible.
5. Shade relief.
Pull down shades and/or close curtains to help keep the bright, hot sun from shining in and heating up your room(s). If you are in the market to replace your window treatments, the Department of Energy recommends medium-colored draperies with white backings that can reduce heat gain by 33 percent.
6. Water bottles, fan and bowl trick.
Fill two or three water bottles with water and freeze them. Place the frozen contents in a bowl and blow a fan on them to cool yourself and loved ones off.
7. Lotions and potions.
Keep your skin cool by place lotions and moisturizers in your refrigerator and apply as needed.
8. Window awnings.
Did you know that awnings on south-facing windows can reduce the solar heat in your home by 65 percent and by 77 percent on west-facing windows according to the DOE website?
9. AC and ceiling fans.
If you have both, run them at the same time to increase energy efficiency.
If your pets must go outside, limit the time and be sure to keep them out of the sun and in the shade. Have plenty of extra water available for your pets, too.
Throughout the day and this heat wave, take good care and be sure to conduct wellness checks on your family, friends and pets.
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