10 Home Tips for Surviving a Heat Wave While It’s Happening Safety

10 Home Tips for Surviving a Heat Wave While It’s Happening

  1. Never leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles—even for a second.
  2. Stay inside during the hottest part of the day (10 A.M to 4 P.M.) and limit time outside in the Sun. Avoid strenuous activity and postpone outdoor games and events.
  3. If A/C is not available, stay indoors on the lowest floor in a well-ventilated area with fans. Keep shades and blinds closed.
  4. Stay hydrated with plenty of water—even if you’re not thirsty. Don’t drink alcohol, sugary soda or drinks, or other caffeinated beverages, as they will only make dehydration worse.
  5. Eat small meals and eat more often.
  6. Use sunscreen and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a hat made of breathable material.
  7. During heat waves, tune to a NOAAradio stationand listen for weather updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  8. Visit air-conditioned public spaces such as malls, movie theaters, and libraries to keep cool.
  9. Check on family and friends who are more susceptible, especially if they may have lost A/C. Keep your pets indoors and make sure they have access to a cool space and plenty of water.
  10. If you feel overheated, cool off with wet washcloths, fans, and a cool sponge bath or shower.