June is that time of year when we all start talking about the heat and speculating whether this summer is going to hotter than the last one. The summer heat can be more than just bothersome. It can be downright dangerous. According to the Red Cross, excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather events in recent years, including flooding.
Here are a few tips from the Red Cross for staying safe during periods of extreme heat:
- Be sure to have an emergency preparedness kit ready in case of power outages brought on by excessive power usage in your town.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Water is the best option.
- Eat frequent, small meals.
- Wear light weight, light colored clothing.
- Time strenuous activity to the cooler early morning hours.
- Check on animals frequently and make sure they have plenty of water.
- Check on friends, family and neighbors, especially those living alone or who may more likely to be affected by the heat.
In Central Texas Family Eldercare offers heat relief to the most vulnerable members of our community through the Summer Fan Drive. The program provides inexpensive fans to help thousands beat the Texas heat.
This year’s “Fans from Fans” fan collection and fundraiser event takes place all day on June 15 beginning at 7:00 am at Threadgill’s World Headquarters and includes pancake breakfast and music and events for kids. The evening program for adults takes place at Hanovers 2.0. Join the fun at either of these events to help your neighbors in need stay cool. For more information visit: summerfandrive.org.