How to stay safe during Hampton Roads heat warning

According to the National Weather Service, heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the United States.

SUFFOLK, Va. — With heat index temperatures of 107 expected in Hampton Roads on Tuesday, staying safe from the heat will be important.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has a heat advisory from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina because hot temperatures and high humidity can cause heat illness.

According to the NWS, heat is one of the top weather-related killers in the United States. But there are some things you can do to keep yourself safe and healthy when it’s hot outside.

What to do before it gets hot outside?

  • Find out about the signs of heat illness, including a high temperature, red and dry skin, a rapid heart rate, and dizziness or confusion.
  • Don’t rely on a fan as the primary cooling device. Fans create airflow and a false sense of comfort, but don’t actually lower body temperature or prevent heat-related illnesses.
  • Find places in the community to get cool like: B. a library or a shopping center.
  • Cover windows with curtains or blinds.
  • Use window reflectors specifically designed to reflect heat outward.

What to do when it’s hot outside

  • Do not leave people or pets in a closed car on warm days.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Wear loose, light, light-colored clothing.
  • Use your stove less to lower the temperature in your home.
  • If you are outside you will find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to cover your face.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors during the midday heat.
  • Check family members, seniors and neighbors.
  • Watch out for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  • Think about your pets. If they are outside, make sure they have plenty of cool water and access to comfortable shade. Asphalt and dark pavement can be very hot for your pet’s feet.

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