During the hot summer months, the Houston area experiences extreme heat coupled with high humidity, making for uncomfortable and sometimes unsafe conditions. These heat conditions have the potential to be extremely hazardous.
In the United States, having two to three days of high heat – temperatures over 90 degrees – that is mixed with high humidity is considered to be “extreme heat.” Here in Texas and especially in the Houston area, people can become exhausted quickly. Staying cool and being prepared for the heat is key.
The University of Houston Office Of Emergency Management wants to ensure the campus community is always prepared and would like to share a few resources and tips to help during the hot days.
For tips on being prepared during extreme heat conditions visit the Office of Emergency Management “Be Prepared” website on Extreme Heat.
In addition, below are a few tips that can help during those times when temperatures are extremely high, provided by the National Public Service Campaign, Ready:
- Never leave a child, adult or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
- Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
- If outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect the face.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. For those on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
- Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
- Avoid high-energy activities.
- Check yourself, family members and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.
Additional information on heat-related illness warning signs, preparedness and safety tips, as well as recognizing and responding to heat-related illnesses can be found on the official Ready.gov website.