Tips for staying safe, cool during extreme heat

Tips for staying safe, cool during extreme heat

It’s summer in Texas, so it’s HOT. During the summer months, Dallasites experience their fair share of triple-digit temperatures. With temperatures rising, it’s important to know how to stay safe and cool this summer.

“When outside working or playing, take lots of breaks and find shade,” said Rhonda Simpson, Communications Specialist for the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management. “It’s important that you don’t leave anyone, especially pets or children, in your car.”

You can beat the heat by exercising the following precautions to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Find ways to stay in the shade and avoid direct sunlight
  • Limit outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. which are the hottest hours of the day
  • Get in gear by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Drink lots of water — Hello hydration!
  • Apply high-SPF sunscreen frequently

The extreme heat and COVID-19 make a devilish duo, but you can still enjoy the summer safely. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you are safest at home. Here are ways to enjoy recreational and leisurely activities from the comfort of your living room:

  • Visit Rec@Home, an online weekly video series teaching families ways to enjoy recreational activities in the safety of their own homes
  • Staycation! Vacation virtually with our vacation packs, and bring the vacation home to you
  • Keep up with your physical fitness and workout at home with Virtual Workouts with Dallas Public Libraries
  • Experience Dallas at home! You can experience virtual comedy, zoos, classes, museum tours and more with this list from Visit Dallas.

For more information on extreme heat, check out the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management web page.

Written by Julie Tran

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