Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S.
It’s extremely important to take precautions, especially over the next week. Temperatures are predicted to be at record highs the first week of July four consecutive days in the mid 90s. Wesley Homes is throwing “Beat the Heat” parties on the Des Moines campus in the lower levels of The Gardens and The Terrace buildings. Fans, water and popsicles will be available.
Here are some tips to stay safe over the next week from the National Weather Service.
- Slow Down! Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Stay in the coolest available place, this is 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 fruits or salads.
- Drink plenty of water (not very cold), non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you are on a fluid restricted diet or have problems with fluid retention, consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids.
- Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls or libraries.
- Don’t use portable electric fans toward yourself when room temperature is hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. 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.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you feel overheated, dizzy or nauseated, call for help immediately.
Here’s a list of King County Cooling Centers