Tips on How You Can Prepare for Rising Temperatures
LANSING - The heat index is expected to exceed 100 degrees today and Wednesday across the state of Michigan, according to the Michigan State Police.
“High heat and humidity can put additional stress on the body, which could potentially be life-threatening,” said Capt. Kevin Sweeney, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management, and commander of EMHSD.
“We’re asking that people take precautions during this time and check on the most vulnerable members of their community.”
Recommendations provided by Michigan State Police to prepare for the extreme heat include:
• Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds, or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
• Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick, or have other health risks, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
• Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
• Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.
Also, to prevent yourself from getting heat illness, it is suggested to:
• Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks that cause dehydration.
• Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
• Limit vigorous activity.
• If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
• Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.