Prepare For a Heatwave

July 11, 2016 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Preparing For a Heatwave

Heat is the number one weather-related killer. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for humans who don’t take the proper precautions.

Extreme Heat Preparedness Checklist

  • Build a disaster supply kit and make a family plan
  • If installing window air conditioners, install them snugly and insulate if necessary
  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation
  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside

Read Prepare For a Heatwave at Weather Underground.

 

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Entry filed under: Climate, Emergency Preparedness, Health/Wellness, How-To.

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