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Heat Wave Safety Tips

Heat Wave Safety Tips

Extreme Heat Wave Alert in Rhode Island

As we face an extreme heat wave this week, it’s crucial to stay safe and take necessary precautions. Here are some tips to help you and your loved ones stay cool and healthy:

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid sugary, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages as they can lead to dehydration.

Stay Indoors

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • If you don’t have air conditioning, consider spending time in public places like libraries, malls, or community centers.

Dress Appropriately

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses when outside.

Limit Outdoor Activities

  • Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day (usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.).
  • If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or a cool environment.

Keep Your Home Cool

  • Use fans and keep windows and blinds closed during the day.
  • Open windows and use exhaust fans at night when the temperature drops.

Look Out for Vulnerable Individuals

  • Check on elderly neighbors, young children, and those with health conditions who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Use Sunscreen

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
  • Reapply every two hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.

Never Leave Children or Pets in Cars

  • Temperatures inside a vehicle can quickly become deadly, even with windows slightly open.

Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses

  • Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, fast or weak pulse, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Heat Stroke: High body temperature (103°F or higher), hot, red, dry, or damp skin, rapid and strong pulse, possible unconsciousness. Heat stroke is an emergency—call 911 immediately!

Cool Down Quickly

  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Use wet cloths, fans, and ice packs to cool down.

Stay safe, Rhode Island! Share these tips to spread awareness and help others stay cool during the heat wave. For more information and updates, visit your local weather service website.

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