The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Connecticut with temperatures projected to reach over 95 degrees through Sunday, July 24, 2022. With extreme heat coming our way this week, it is important to take proper precautions to stay cool during the heat. Governor Lamont has also activated Connecticut’s extreme hot weather protocol and advises anyone in need of a cooling center to call 2-1-1 or look online at 211ct.org to find their nearest location.
Take a look at these safety tips to stay cool this summer:
Drinking plenty of water is important as our bodies can’t function properly when dehydrated. Stay hydrated to avoid getting headaches or feeling faint or sleepy, and avoid dehydrating liquids such as coffee, alcohol, or caffeinated soft drinks. Be proactive with hydrating, don’t wait until you feel thirsty to grab a glass of water!
Stay in cool or air-conditioned buildings
To avoid heat-related illnesses, make sure to keep your home at a cool temperature. Use fans if you don’t have an air-conditioned home, but be aware that fans alone may not be enough to keep you cool. Consider taking a cool shower to cool off if needed. To help keep the room temperature low in your home, use thick blinds and curtains to block out direct sunlight during the day.
Pace yourself when outdoors
It is best to avoid being outdoors in times of high humidity and peak sun. But if you are going to be outside on a walk or doing work in the yard, be sure to slow down, take time to rest if you are doing strenuous activities. Stay in a shaded area if possible, wear lightweight clothing, and use a damp cloth to stay cool.
Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn
Getting burnt by the sun can have short-term consequences including burning and blistery skin, or long-term consequences including skin cancer. Sunburn can occur in as little as 15 minutes, so always go outside prepared to protect your skin.
Stay in touch with your neighbors and loved ones
It is always a good idea to check in with your family, friends, and neighbors to let them know you are doing okay, and make sure they are bracing the heat as well!
For more information, view the CDC Guildelines for Extreme Heat.