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Extreme Heat: An Introductory Guide To Surviving Hot Weather

Extreme Heat: An Introductory Guide To Surviving Hot Weather

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines extreme heat as “summertime temperatures that are substantially hotter and/or more humid than average for location at that time of year”.  The year 2014 was the hottest in modern history and more hot weather may well be on the way.   Extreme heat and high temperatures can lead to health issues and eventually death if not properly addressed.  Young children, older adults, those who are sick and/or overweight are even more likely to succumb to the effects of extreme heat and temperature.  There are things one can do now, however, to mitigate against the effects of extreme heat.  The following is an introductory guide to doing just that. Extreme Heat: General Preparation Having air conditioning installed at home or place of business is a good starting point.  The system must be in good repair and installed properly. All air-conditioning ducts should be inspected for proper insulation. Do not rely upon fans as a primary source of cooling. On a temporary basis, window reflectors can be installed to reflect heat back outside. Be sure to cover windows that receive sun with drapes, shades, or other coverings. Outdoor awnings or louvers can also reduce the heat significantly. Weather-stripping can be installed on doors and window sills to keep cool air in the building. During a heat emergency, limit your exposure to the sun as much as possible. Cooling showers or baths may be taken to reduce body heat. Be sure to drink plenty of water.  Hydration is key to survival.  For those with medical conditions that require a fluid-restricted diet, consult with your family...
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