Sheriff Warns Of Upcoming Heat Wave And Tips To Stay Safe
In anticipation of a significant heat wave that is expected to arrive this Saturday through Monday, Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, is offering some tips and information to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Temperatures, with the predicted heat indexes, will be over 95 degrees Fahrenheit with some areas exceeding 100 degrees -105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maciol says children, adults, or animals should never be left inside a vehicle during the warm weather. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees Fahrenheit , the temperature inside a parked car can quickly, within minutes, climb to between 130 degrees to 172 degrees Fahrenheit.
What to do during extreme heat periods:
- Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle.
- Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
- If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Avoid high-energy activities.
- Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.
- Keep your home cool by doing the following:
- Cover windows with drapes or shades.
- Weather-strip doors and windows.
- Use attic fans to clear hot air.
- Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.