As temperatures register in the 90s this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has some tips on how to stay safe.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 384 people die from heat exposure every year. This is more than flooding, tornadoes, lightning and hurricanes combined. The Chicago branch of FEMA has provided five tips for keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. First, if you don’t have air conditioning in your home, find a community center to cool off in. Just remember to practice social distancing while you do.
Authorities also recommend that you stay in the shade as much as possible when outside, drink plenty of fluids and never leave a child or pet inside a locked car, even for just a few minutes. Finally, know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. These include dizziness, nausea, and reddening of the skin. For more information on heat safety, check out ready.gov/heat.