Make sure you and your family are ready for a heatwave. Here are some quick tips.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, start now. Limit caffeinated or alcoholic drinks.
- Cover any windows that face the sun with aluminum foil covered cardboard. This is very effective in keeping out heat. Plain cardboard or dark fabrics will also help. Add extra coverings even if you have curtains.
- Fill extra space in your freezer with containers of water now so they can freeze before the big heat hits. This will help keep the freezer cold if the power is out, and will help even if it remains on. It will also provide you with cold packs if you need them to cool off.
- Check now for “cooling centers,” locations you can go to cool off during the hot part of the day in your community. Calling 211 can help.
- Have a fan to move air in your home if you don’t have air conditioning. When the temperatures drop at night, open doors and windows to cool off the interior of the home before the sun comes up the next day. Keep as many lights and appliances turned off as possible.
- Prepare for power outages. Keep cell phones charged. Fill car with gas. Have insulation to surround freezer. Have a supply of water ready if you have a well.
- Have light, ready-to-eat foods ready for regular small meals and snacks.
- Check on family, friends and animals often. Make sure animals have a cool place and plenty of water.
- Limit outdoor activities and rest indoors during the hottest parts of the day.