Today will be the 17th in a row with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in Dallas. The heat index on some of those days has been as much as 110 degrees. Exposure to temperatures such as this is dangerous, especially to young children and to the elderly.
Here are some tips on coping with high temperatures, paraphrased from the Red Cross:
- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Never leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone, or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.