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Stay safe with dangerous heat in forecast

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Johnson County, Kansas, through Sunday, July 19 with highs of 94 degrees on Friday, 95 on Saturday, and 93 on Sunday.

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers the following information that will help you survive the heat.

Stay safe in the heat:

  • Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Check with your doctor if you have restrictions related to fluid intake.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go somewhere cool—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must be out in the heat, limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Exercise in an air-conditioned place and drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • If you must be outside, try to rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activity for early morning or evening when the temperature is lower.
  • Start drinking fluids before going out in the heat. Drink plenty of water and AVOID drinks with high sugar, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Never leave a child or animal in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather, even for a short time.
  • Be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html

Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some are at greater risk than others.

Be sure to check regularly on:

  • People aged 65 or older
  • People taking certain medications, including narcotics, sedatives, and diuretics
  • Athletes who are not used to working out in warm environments
  • People who work outside
  • People who have a mental illness or are physically ill, especially with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes

More tips are available online at jocogov.org/article/2020/06/05/11646.


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