LEWISBORO, N.Y. – With a high heat advisory issued for Wednesday and Thursday, Adam Ochs of the Lewisboro Office of Emergency Management is cautioning residents to be safe.
Temperatures could reach the mid to high 90s with heat indexes of more than 100 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
Ochs offers the following tips for staying safe during the heat wave:
Child Safety Tips
• Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
• Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
• Make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car.
Adult Safety Tips
• Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
• Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
• Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods such as meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
• Drink plenty of water as well as nonalcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. People with epilepsy; heart, kidney or liver disease; on fluid restrictive diets; or having a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.
• During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air-conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces the danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air-conditioning for part of the day.
• Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.
• Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.