This week the National Weather Service has reported record breaking temperatures. Extreme heat is not only uncomfortable, but it can be very dangerous. So this week we have rounded-up resources to help you and your family plan for and reduce the effects of extreme heat. Keep yourself and your family cool when the heat peaks with the following tips:
- EPA’s Excessive Heat Events Guidebook: http://www.epa.gov/heatisland/about/heatguidebook.html
- Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
- Dehydration danger for older adults: http://www.epa.gov/naturalevents/dehydration.html
- Prepare your home early: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=heat_cool.pr_checklist_consumers
- Be prepared! http://www.ready.gov/
- Keep food safe during an emergency: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/keeping_food_Safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp
- Check air quality where you live – hot weather can worsen ozone levels and other types of air quality. http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local
If you are anything like me , you will want to spend your time indoors – but that is not always so cost-effective. As the temperature rises, so will the cost of your energy bill.
Keeping your house cool in the summer can be quite a chore, but here are a few inexpensive ways to keep the temperature down in your home:
- A simple ceiling fan or oscillating fan can work wonders.
- Purchase shades, blinds, drapes to reflect the heat away from the house. This will also help your cooling appliances to work more effectively.
- Turn off any appliances or lights that might generate heat.
- An air conditioning unit operating in the shade uses less electricity
- Minimize showering, doing laundry, and cooking mid-day.
I hope these tips will help you prepare for next week. Remember to stay cool during this extreme weather.