STAYING COOL DURING BRUTAL SUMMER HEAT WAVES
New Jersey in midst of worst heat wave in 20 years
With the forecast showing temperatures no lower than the 90’s until at least Saturday, it’s important for everybody to stay cool and stay safe, especially the elderly, children, and those requiring special needs.
The folks at FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency have published a great list of tips and resources for dealing with the heat, before, during and after! Here’s what they advise:
What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:
–Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS).
–Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
–Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
–Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
–Postpone outdoor games and activities.
–Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
–Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
–Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
–Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
–Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
–Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
–Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
–Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
–Avoid extreme temperature changes.
–Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
For more information, or to learn more about how to prepare for heat waves or other natural disaster, visit FEMA at: www.ready.gov/heat.
At Bogle Agency Insurance, our job is keep you safe and properly covered and protected during times like these, so feel free to give us a call at 201-939-1076 or 1-877-453-7358 if we can address or help you with any insurance question or need. Or you can just visit our website at: www.bogleagency.com. Thanks, and stay cool everybody!