HARTFORD – With heat index temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s during the approaching holiday weekend, Governor Dannel P Malloy is reminding residents to be cautious during periods of intense heat during the summer months.
“Although this heat wave will not be excessive, we are now into the summer season and everyone should take the necessary precautions during times of intense heat and humidity," said Governor Malloy. "A few simple steps can greatly reduce heat-related issues, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with respiratory ailments who are more susceptible to the effects of high temperatures. Any resident looking for a place to cool off should call 2-1-1 to find out where their closest cooling center is located.”
Here are some added tips to follow:
*Slow down, and avoid strenuous activity.
*Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
*Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
*Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. They can actually dehydrate your body.
*Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.
*Stay indoors as much as possible.
*If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun.
*Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
*Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities, such as cooling centers, that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.
*Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.
*Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
*Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
*Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of drinking water.
*Check on family, friends, and neighbors regularly.