Ten Tips to Beat the Heat

June is starting off with a sizzle with high temperatures ranging from 105 to 110 degrees in many Texas counties. Here are ten tips to help you stay safe as the heat rises throughout the day.

1. Stay indoors – Stay indoors as much as possible -- especially during mid-day when the sun is directly overhead.

2. Carry-out or Order-In – We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s just too hot to cook!” Stoves and ovens put off a lot of heat and can make your house hotter. Consider meals that are already prepared or require minimum cooking times.

3. Drink Water – It’s important to be properly hydrated in hot weather—especially if you are working outside. Be sure to drink more water than usual.

4. Use the Buddy System – Young children and adults over 65 are susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Be a buddy and check on your friends and neighbors during extreme hot weather.

5. Take a Rest – If you are a runner or an athlete, consider a break in your exercise schedule during hot weather. If that just will not work, move your workout indoors to an air conditioned building or gym.

6. Break Out the Beachwear – Remember that Hawaiian shirt you got on that one vacation? Don’t be afraid to embarrass the kids! Loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes should be your go-to wardrobe on hot days.

7. Know the Signs – Be familiar with the signs of common heat-related illnesses like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. You can find more information on how to treat these illnesses and when to call 911 on the Red Cross website.

8. Be Prepared – Make sure you are ready for any emergencies that might arise during high temperature days. Check your emergency disaster kits in case your power goes out or your car breaks down. If you do not already have an emergency disaster kit, now is a great time to put one together. Get more information on what should be in your kit here.

9. Check Fido’s Water Bowl – If you have animals at home, make sure that they have plenty of water and shade during hot weather. Most animals have a difficult time keeping their bodies cool, so consider keeping them indoors during a heat wave. Never leave your pet in a vehicle with closed windows during hot weather!

10. Stay in the Know – Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for heat advisory updates from the National Weather Service. You can also check out the National Weather Service website to find out more information

Remember that children younger than two, adults older than 65, and people with chronic illnesses are at the highest risk for heat-related illnesses. Closely monitor people who depend on your care and make sure they drink enough water, have access to air conditioning or fans, and that they do not need help staying cool. Take care of your loved ones and yourself in the heat and when in doubt, call 911.