A Heat Advisory or an Excessive Heat Watch or Warning means that there is a moderate to high risk of heat illness, particularly those who are most vulnerable, including children, the elderly, and the disabled. Watch out for signs of heat illness in yourself and others. Please note the above graphic or head here to learn the symptoms and proper treatment of heat illnesses. Check on your neighbors and loved ones, especially those most vulnerable and those without cooling systems.
Here are some more tips to keep in mind during heat alerts and extremely hot weather:
-Try to remain indoors with a cooling system as much as possible.
-If you do not have a cooling system in your home, figure out locations you can go to cool down, such as libraries, movie theaters, friends’ or relatives’ houses, or the mall, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
-Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light colored clothes.
-Postpone activities that must be done outdoors, particularly strenuous activities.
-If you need to do strenuous activity outdoors, whether exercise or work, try to do so in the early morning or in the evening when temperatures will be lower and take breaks in the shade if you begin feeling hot.
-Make sure you drink enough fluids.
–Do not leave children, the elderly, the disabled, or pets in the car.
-Make sure that pets have access to cool, clean water and some place cool and in the shade to go. Check on them frequently if you do not bring them inside.
Please remember that while current temperatures might be hot, we have not necessarily had enough hot days to adequately warm the area’s rivers, lakes, etc. The shock of the cold water can be dangerous and even fatal. If it is early in the season, the mountains have had recent snowfall, or if the season has been particularly mild, it might be too dangerous to swim in the river.