Be ready before the temperature rises


Heat Awareness day web graphicThe Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service recognize Heat Awareness Day in Iowa on June 7, 2017.


“Now is the perfect time of year to remind all Iowans how to stay safe in high temperatures,” said Stefanie Bond, public information officer with HSEMD.


Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the U.S. and, in a normal year, more people die from heat-related illness than from floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.


Even if it doesn't seem hot outside, the temperature on the inside of a vehicle can climb very quickly. The temperature can rise as much as 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. Leaving the windows cracked won't do much of anything to keep the inside of the car cool. Make sure when you leave your vehicle for any period of time that no children or pets are still inside. Beat the heat – check the backseat!


Some basic things to remember when the mercury rises:

  • Drink plenty of water, regularly.
  • Limit intake of alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid too much sunshine, and use a sunscreen high in SPF.
  • Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not available, stay out of the sunshine on the lowest floor.

Visit our Heat page for more information.


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