It’s Getting Hot in Here: How to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

Summer is right around the corner and with it comes the occasional extreme heat streak. While some of the warmer weather comes with the summer territory, high record temperatures can lead to emergency situations. By following a few important steps, you can keep yourself, your loved ones, neighbors, and pets comfortable and safe during a heat wave.

DURING A HEATWAVE

Don’t let a heatwave turn into an emergency.

Avoid strenuous activity and direct exposure to the sun during the hottest part of the day. If you can, stay cool at home indoors.  If your home does not have air conditioning, find a public indoor location to keep cool. You can also contact your local county to find out if cooling shelters are available in your area. A few hours in air conditioning can help your body better react to the heat when you go outside.

If you must go outside, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. A hat can help shade your face from the direct sunlight. Protect your skin by using sunscreen with SPF 30 or above.

It’s important to stay hydrated when temperatures rise. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water. Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh, cool water. Keep their water bowl out of direct sunlight.

Never leave children or pets in the car – no exceptions. Even when temperatures outside are mild, the temperature inside the car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

ENERGY CONSERVATIONS TIPS & FLEX ALERTS

Flex Alerts ask consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity when there’s an anticipated supply shortage. When you use less energy during a Flex Alert, you reduce the likelihood of rotating power outages.

Flex Alerts are issued a day before so consumers can prepare by shifting energy use from afternoon to morning.

BEFORE AN ALERT

  • Pre-cool your home by lowering the thermostat to 72 degrees
  • Close blinds and drapes to keep the heat out
  • Turn off unnecessary lights
  • Charge mobile devices, laptops, and medical equipment
  • Use dishwashers, washing machines, and other major appliances before 3pm

DURING AN ALERT

  • Avoid using major appliances
  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees
  • Unplug or turn off electrical devices that are not in use
  • Use fans when possible

Be prepared to reduce your energy use – sign up to receive Flex Alerts.

STAY INFORMED

Stay alert for information about upcoming extreme heat conditions. Anyone is at risk for heat-related illness. Check in on neighbors who may have mobility issues or no air conditioning.

For more tips on conserving energy, visit: https://www.flexalert.org/save-energy