Editorial: Take precautions during high heat

Published 9:25 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017

This weekend has the potential for some record-breaking temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, it’s going to be hot and humid with heat indices near 100 degrees on Saturday.

Make sure to take extra precautions to be safe in the heat — for you, your families and your pets, too.

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Here are some tips from the Weather Service about how to stay safe in the heat:

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

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

• Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads. If you pack food, put it in a cooler or carry an ice pack. Don’t leave it sitting in the sun. Meats and dairy products can spoil quickly in hot weather.

• Drink plenty of water (not very cold), nonalcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you on a fluid restrictive diet or have a problem with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.

• Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.

• Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.

• Do not direct the flow of portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90°F. The dry blowing air will dehydrate you faster, endangering your health.

• Minimize direct exposure to the sun. Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

• Take a cool bath or shower.

• Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

• Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help responding to the heat. Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia.  Keep your children, disabled adults, and pets safe during tumultuous heat waves.

• Don’t leave valuable electronic equipment, such as cell phones and gps units, sitting in hot cars.

• Make sure rooms are well vented if you are using volatile chemicals.