This past weekend, millions of people have experienced a deadly heatwave that have set new high temperature records. Heat advisories and warnings were in effect from the Midwest to much of the East Coast. The heatwave is already blamed for at least six deaths. And it even prompt the cancellation of the New York City Triathlon and produced cracked and buckled roads in some Plains states.
Even locally, here in Philadelphia, several hundred people were evacuated from a retirement community due to a partial power outage, though it wasn’t immediately clear whether the problem was heat related. Residents were taken to a nearby shelter, and police said some went to a hospital for evaluation.
Many people in areas facing excessive heat this weekend have no air conditioning, and cities opened shelters for people to cool off. With record- or near-record-high temperatures at night when many air conditioned places are closed, the weather can become especially dangerous for people who don’t get a chance to cool down, experts say. The risks are greater for young children, the elderly and the sick. So to help beat the heat, we want to share a list of ways to keep cool this summer.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
- If you are working outside, take plenty of breaks to avoid heat exhaustion.
- Stay out of the direct sunlight
- Wear light colored clothing and/or loose fitted clothing.
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.
- Make sure you have cooling devices such as AC or fans.
We hope these tips can help you stay cool and out of the heat. For more information on how the weather can affect you and/or your next event, give us a call at 888-982-5488.