Pennsylvania – Temperatures throughout this summer could get into the 90s, meaning that you’re more at risk for things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Be careful about how much time you’re spending outdoors and in the sun. Be sure to take frequent breaks inside, use a fan or air conditioner, and stay hydrated.
Look for symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps, uncontrollable sweating, and rapid heartbeat for heat exhaustion.
The next step is heat stroke, which is more serious and includes symptoms like confusion, dizziness, and losing consciousness.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these things, move to an air-conditioned room and call 911.
Listen to the full interview with Larry Bickel, coordinator of the Sandy Township Emergency Management Agency.
Seven tips for surviving a heatwave from the American Red Cross:
1. Have a plan for if the power goes out. Power outages are common during heat waves so have a plan for wherever you might be, like home, work, or school. The Red Cross website has a good breakdown on how to prepare for a power outage.
2. If you don’t have air conditioning, have a list of places you can go to for relief during the hottest part of the day, places like a store, a coffee shop, a library, or a mall.
3. Never leave kids or pets alone in a car. And check on your kids and animals frequently to make sure they’re not suffering from the heat and have plenty of water.
4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. And avoid caffeine or alcohol.
5. Eat smaller meals more often instead of two or three big meals.
6. If you have to work outdoors, take lots of breaks or use a buddy system.
7. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning or live alone.