Today (April 8) is the final day of Severe Weather Awareness Week and today’s safety topic is extreme heat. Although it’s a little difficult to imagine given the cold we’ve experienced through winter and spring arriving late, summer will be here soon and with it can come a stifling combination of heat and humidity. Hundreds of people die each year and untold thousands are hospitalized as a result of heat, which can often have long-term health impacts. Most years, heat is the leading cause of weather-related deaths.
The best advice is to be prepared for dealing with heat – drink plenty of fluids, make sure the elderly, the young and those with health conditions limit their time in the heat and stay in an air-conditioned place is you’re feeling the effects of heat-related illness.
For more information on heat safety from the National Weather Service, click here: https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat
To learn more about extreme heat resources from FEMA, click here: https://www.ready.gov/heat