Arizona has some of the highest temperatures in the country. The dangers of extreme heat are real and can be deadly if you don't respond properly.
There are steps you can take to make your home a better place to stay during the hottest temperature:
· Install window air conditioners snugly.
· Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
· Install window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat outside.
· Weather-strip doors and sills to keep cool air in.
· Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.
· Keep storm windows up all year.
Here are some guidelines on how to best handle extreme heat:
· Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
· Stay on the lowest floor out of the sun if air conditioning is not available.
· Spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings.
· Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals and avoid salt tablets, unless directed.
· Drink plenty of water.
· Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages.
· Dress in baggy, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
· Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
· Check on family, friends and neighbors who are alone and do not have air conditioning.
· Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
· Avoid hard physical work during the warmest part of the day.
For more information on tornado preparedness, visit:
· Just in Case Arizona
· Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
· National Weather Service