Summer heat has arrived. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are very real dangers and are 100% preventable when taking precautions during the summer months. This summer has different challenges when it comes to protecting yourself, family members, and others from the effects of high heat and humidity. While you continue to take typical precautions, the pandemic gives all of us some new challenges.
Common Heat Safety and Energy Savings Tips:
- Drink plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages. Stay hydrated, even if you don't feel thirsty.
- Whether working or playing outdoors, find shade and take lots of breaks.
- Stay indoors as much as possible with air conditioning if possible - keep air conditioning at 78 or higher if possible to conserve energy.
- Keep blinds closed and use fans especially in late afternoon.
- Cook with a microwave or slow cooker rather than the stove/oven to reduce heat at electrical use.
- Conserve energy by using large appliances in off peak hours or not at all.
If you don't have air conditioning, try to find someplace that does. Dallas Parks and Recreation and Dallas Library facilities are open regular business hours for residents that need a place to cool off. Please call or go to the websites to check days, hours, and availability - some locations may not be operational.
Or download the PDF by clicking this Heat Advisory 2021 Cooling Locations.pdf
The elderly, the very young, and those with chronic illnesses are the most susceptible to heat-related illness. If you know someone in your family or neighborhood that is vulnerable to heat-related illness, please check on them safely and often.