The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Travis County. The Heat Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday (8/8), but may be extended through Friday (8/9). Temperatures are forecast to be between 100 and 105 degrees with heat indices between 105 and 110 degrees.
With these extreme temperatures, here are some tips to stay safe:
Stay in shaded areas and avoid the sun.
Wear light clothing and a hat.
Never leave a person or animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar.
Take advantage of the cooling power of water. Wet towels and bandanas can have a cooling effect when placed on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water to cool off throughout the day.
Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are lower.
Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
If you are aware of elderly, more vulnerable people in your neighborhood check on them to see if they need additional assistance.
Allow your pet to stay inside in air-conditioned comfort during the heat of the day. If that’s not possible, make sure your pet always has access to shade and plenty of fresh, cool water. Never leave a child or animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
At the first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), seek a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve.
SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION:
- heavy sweating
- cold, pale, and clammy skin
- fast, weak pulse
- nausea or vomiting
- urine dark in color or lack of need to urinate; you should urinate at least once every 3-4 hours
WHAT TO DO:
- MOVE to a cooler location
- LIE DOWN and loosen your clothing
- apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible
- sip water
- if you have vomited and it continues, SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION