With Brooklyn facing record temperatures this summer, area hospitals are urging residents to take precautions against heat-related illness. Below are some helpful tips to keep yourself and loved ones safe.
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
- Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
- Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
- At-risk individuals (i.e. the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions) should use their air conditioner or go to a place with air conditioning. The city opens cooling centers in air-conditioned public facilities for those experiencing physical discomfort in a heat wave. Residents are urged to call 311 or visit www.nyc.gov to find their local cooling center.
- Engage family members or other support networks to frequently check on at-risk individuals.
- Never leave children unattended while in or around water.
- Learn lifesaving techniques like infant and child CPR.
- If your child can’t swim, stay within arm’s reach while he or she is close to the water.