Health

Shelter In Place During Extreme Heat!

Sheltering in place during the hot and humid Iowa summers can be difficult. Here are some prevention tips to keep you cool:

  • A fan blowing on you can speed up dehydration. Do not sit directly in front of the fan for long periods of time. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water. Have plenty of water and fruit/vegetable juice available. Do not drink alcohol, coffee or tea. Seek medical help if you suspect dehydration.
  • Check on friends and neighbors regularly and have someone do the same for you.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook during the day—it will make the house hotter.
  • Make sure the windows are covered during the day. Pull the curtains on all windows that are in direct sunlight. Open windows at night and use fans or cross-ventilation to circulate cooler air.
  • Avoid direct sun: Make sure to stay indoors during the hottest hours, 11 AM to 4 PM.
  • You should try to spend two hours a day in air conditioning to help keep heat related illnesses like heat stroke away. Keep the air conditioning on and set below 80 degrees F.
  • If possible, drive to an air-conditioned place, such as a library, mall, restaurant or theater. Avoid overcrowded places and rush hours.
  • Eat light meals. Avoid hot, heavy meals and don’t use the oven.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, preferably of natural fabrics like cotton. Use hats and umbrellas outside.
  • Take cool showers or baths to prevent yourself from overheating. Lay a cool, moistened towel over the forehead or back of the neck and replace often.

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