A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.
- First of all stay informed. There are many apps for your phone that can send you notifications about any hazardous weather.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. You can read more about hydration on a past post from OpenAccess Urgent Care.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- 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.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities.
- Use a buddy system when working in excessive heat.
- Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
- Manatee County residents can also stay informed by signing up to Manatee County’s CodeRED Emergency Notification Services. They will keep residents updated on any emergency situation, like evacuation notices, boil water advisories, weather warnings, and hazardous traffic or road conditions.
You can find these and more recommendations on The Red Cross website.
If you believe you or someone is suffering from a heat stroke, move that person into a shaded spot and call 911.
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