It’s summer in Michigan. While summer can bring thunderstorms; it can also bring high temperatures. And when both happen at the same time, it can present double the challenges for you. This week’s forecast looks like it could be one of those double whammy situations. Here are some tips to help you stay cool and safe this week regardless of what mother nature decides to deliver.
- Dress in loose, lightweight clothing.
- Stay at the coolest, lowest level of your home.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid heavy meals.
- Close all the drapes and blinds on the sunny side of your residence.
- Prepare food that doesn’t require the stove (or opt for the grill) to keep your house cooler.
- Cool off outside by using a sprinkler or pool in a shaded area.
If you are impacted by storms and experience a power outage during the high temperatures, you can:
- Call 2-1-1 for a list of cooling shelters.
- Visit an air-conditioned public place like a mall or library.
- Find a public pool, water park or splash pad in your area.
- Use a safe alternative for food preparation, like an outdoor grill.
The heat doesn’t just impact humans. Make sure your furry friends are safe too.
- Never leave pets in a car, even with a cracked window the car can quickly reach unsafe temperatures.
- Limit the duration and intensity of exercise on extremely hot days.
- If your pet must be outside, make sure there is plenty of shade and cold, fresh water.
For more pet safety tips check out https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/keep-pets-safe-heat
Make sure you know the signs of a heat-related illness such as headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion or a fast pulse. If you or a loved one are showing any signs of distress, seek help immediately. If you have elderly, or at-risk neighbors make sure to check on them to ensure their safety.
Check out more safety tips at: Extreme Heat | Consumers Energy