An extreme heat event, or heat wave, is a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. There were three heat-related deaths in Franklin County reported to the CDC from 2000 to 2005. Extreme heat is the No. 1 severe weather related killer in the U.S.
Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security would like to offer the following safety preparedness information about extreme heat to help keep you and your family safe.
What to do during an Extreme Heat Advisory:
- 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. Outdoor shaded areas with a breeze are sometimes cooler than indoors.
- 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.
- Dress for summer. Lightweight and light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
- Eat light foods. Avoid foods (such as proteins) that increase metabolic heat production as they also increase water loss and body temperature.
- Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
- Persons who have epilepsy, heart, kidney, liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
- Avoid a sunburn. A sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult. Make sure if you are outdoors to apply sunscreen to prevent burning.
- Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.
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