The first heatwave of the summer is officially here! Temperatures are expected to rise well over 95 degrees in NY and surrounding areas. Check out these tips to stay cool and safe in extreme heat:

Stay cool indoors.  Keep blinds and curtains closed to keep the heat out.  If you have an AC unit, take a walk around your property and do a visual inspection to make sure your units are functioning properly.  With extreme heat, high voltage electronics are at risk of overheating and going on fire.

Drink plenty of fluids.  Make sure to get your daily intake of water at a minimum and avoid beverages that are dehydrating such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.  Choose loose, cool clothing, such as cotton, to help your skin breathe and opt for sunglasses and a hat to stay cool.  Avoid dark colors which absorb the suns heat.  If you’re outdoors, load up on sunscreen with high SPF and UVA protection.

Schedule outdoor activities carefully.  Get your outdoor activities in early in the morning or later in the evening when the sun goes down.  If you find yourself outdoors, try and find some shade, especially between 11 am and 3 pm.

Pace yourself. Symptoms such as excessive sweating, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea, headaches and dizziness are signs of heat exhaustion.  If you start to feel unwell, get to a cool place and drink water immediately.  Call 911 if symptoms worsen with water and shade.

Monitor people at high risk.  This may include anyone without air conditioning, people with chronic illnesses, anyone taking mediation that can affect body temperature or those with limited mobility or unable to leave their homes.

Do not leave children or pets in cars.  In extreme heat, the temperature inside a car can quickly climb well over 130 degrees!

We hope these tips were helpful! If you have any questions, please contact us.  Stay cool!

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