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Tips to Prepare for Extreme Heat

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South Jersey will welcome the summer solstice against extremely hot temperatures tomorrow and Thursday.

It’s important to prepare yourself and your home when oppressive heat and humidity take over.

Here are some easy tips from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

 

 

 

 

Preparing and Surviving Extreme Heat

  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.
  • Install temporary window to reflect heat back outside.
  • Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun .
  • Listen to South Jersey’s Own Weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Check on neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
  • Get trained in first aid to learn how to treat heat-related emergencies.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid salt as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty,  avoid drinks with caffeine and, limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

 

For First Aid Tips For Heat Related Illness CLICK HERE

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