Delawareans get advice on how to cope with potentially dangerous heat

An intense heat wave continues to bake Delaware, and the worst may be yet to come in the next few days.  The Delaware Emergency Management Agency has some survival tips.

“No one, especially children, the elderly and pets, should remain in a parked car during periods of moderate to extreme heat. Even with windows open for ventilation, extremely high temperature develops in a very short period of time.
If you must work or spend time outside, take extra precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or late evening hours. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. To reduce risk when working outdoors, it is recommended that frequent rest breaks in a shaded or air conditioned environment are scheduled. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is a life threatening emergency, call 911 for assistance.

Alcoholic beverages should be avoided during exposure to extremely hot weather and caffeinated beverages should be limited.

For additional safety and preparedness information visit:
 http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml.

Special tips on child and car safety during extreme heat:

Make sure your child’s safety seat and safety belt buckles aren’t too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle in warm weather, even with the windows down.
Teach children not to play in, on or around cars.
Always lock car doors and trunks–even at home–and keep keys out of children’s reach.
Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don’t leave sleeping infants in the car ever!”   source:  DEMA

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