Tips to stay safe in the heat


On a hot summer day, Vermonters are out and about. But a statewide heat advisory is being issued and felt by many.

These advisories occur when temperatures rise from 95 to 104 degrees.

The National Weather Service says they are emitted based on the heat index and relative humidity.

“When we see these really wet conditions like today, it makes it much harder for the body to cool down,” said Rebecca Duell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Duell says that boiling temperatures can quickly create dangerous situations.

She says it’s important to limit your time outdoors, take frequent breaks and hydrate to avoid heat illness.

With high temperatures like the ones we are seeing, it is also very important to keep an eye on smaller children and pets.

“Make sure you check your cars before you leave and lock them to make sure there are never any children left in the car. Pets are never left in the car in these temperatures,” Duell said.

It’s also important to keep an eye on your older friends and family.

High temperatures are also a good time to check on loved ones who may have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

“People with dementia, we have to pay more attention there.

They’re not necessarily aware of ‘I turn on the air conditioning and I can go out at noon when it’s 95 degrees outside,’” said Howard Goodrow, executive director of the Vermont chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

He says having a plan for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s is helpful in the heat, to make sure your loved ones have access to air conditioning or access to a senior center or mall where it might be cooler.

“If you can take them out to exercise, don’t do it at noon. Go early in the morning, go for a walk early in the morning if you can or early in the evening. times that are a little less dangerous,” Goodrow said.

As temperatures continue to rise, the National Weather Service says staying cool is a priority for health and safety.

If you don’t have air conditioning, moist skin cools much faster than dry skin, and opening the windows at night might also help air circulate.

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