Health

Shelter In Place During Extreme Heat!

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

  • A fan blowing on you can speed up dehydration. Keep drinking lots of water. 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. Have plenty of water and fruit or vegetable juice available even if they say they’re not thirsty. No alcohol, coffee or tea. Seek medical help if you suspect dehydration.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make them and the house hotter.
  • Make sure the windows are covered during the day. 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 below 80 degrees F.
  • If possible, drive to an air-conditioned place where they can sit, 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. Dress in light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, preferably of natural fabrics like cotton. Use hats and umbrellas outside.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down. Help the person take a cooling shower or bath. Lay a cool, moistened towel over the forehead or back of the neck and replace often.

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