The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will lead to an increased risk of heat related stress and illness. The very young, the elderly, those without air conditioning, and those participating in strenuous outdoor activities will be the most susceptible.
The Broussard Police Department released tips to ensure you and your neighbors are able to enjoy the summer weather safely:
1. NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles! Heat can quickly rise in a car- up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes! If you see a child or pet in a hot car, call 911 immediately.
2. Check on family members and neighbors, especially those who are older, to be sure they are keeping cool.
3. If you have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade.
4. Know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
5. 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.
6. Avoid high-energy activities.
7. Check on your pets-bring them inside and provide them with plenty of cool water.