Dangerous heat levels expected this week

Dangerous heat levels expected this week

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone to use caution this week because of dangerous heat levels. The National Weather Service indicates the forecast for much of the state includes temperatures in the mid-90's. Those temperatures combined dew points in the mid-70's could result in heat index readings between 97 and 103.

"Please use caution if working outdoors," said GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "Remember to check on loved ones and neighbors who may need assistance dealing with the high temperatures. Be aware of the conditions in your region and look for possible heat related advisories or warnings from the National Weather Service."

Heat safety tips:

• Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day,

• Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors,

• Dress for summer. Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures,

• Watch what you eat. Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss,

• Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty,

• Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection and

• Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

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