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High Heat and Humidity May Pose Health Risks this Holiday Weekend

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July 1, 2016

High Heat and Humidity May Pose Health Risks this Holiday Weekend 

What is the danger?

As temperatures and humidity rise across Southeast Texas this weekend, heat indices on Sunday and Monday, Independence Day, could reach 105-109 degrees. If these conditions occur, residents are warned to take precautions against this potentially lethal weather. The National Weather Service may issue a Heat Advisory or other warning if needed.



What you need to do:

STAY COOL!

Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
Find an air-conditioned shelter.
Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
Avoid direct sunlight.
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Take cool showers or baths.
Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

STAY HYDRATED!

Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

Drink more water than usual.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Remind others to drink enough water.

STAY INFORMED!

Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.

Learn the symptoms of heat illness.

Where you can learn more:

Preparedness & Emergency Information; www.readyharris.org

Heat Safety Tips: National Weather Service

Heat Related Illness: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Weather Forecasts: National Weather Service Houston-Galveston

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