The heat is on! Summer is upon us, and that means sweltering temperatures and high humidity. The Norwalk Fire Department- Office of Emergency Management is providing safety tips to help residents stay safe.
· Pay attention to the forecast. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. Exposure to direct sunlight can increase the heat index by as much as 15°F.
· If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (libraries, movie theaters, malls).
· Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
· Ensure that your animals’ needs for water and shade are met.
· Never leave children or pets alone in closed and locked vehicles.
· Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
· Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
· Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
· Take frequent air-conditioned breaks if you must work outdoors.
· With the high temperatures and humidity, can also come sudden and severe thunderstorms. If you have outdoor plans, always remember to check the forecast before heading out.
· Don’t forget your pets are also affected by the summer heat and humidity. For pet safety tips, visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_safe_heat_wave.html
For additional tips and resources, visit www.norwalkct.org and scroll to the summer safety link.