The most dangerous weather patterns in the US aren’t tornadoes or hurricanes. Surprisingly, heat waves prove to be the most dangerous weather patterns in the country: every year, more people die from heat-related weather patterns than any other dangerous weather patterns. The population in the most danger from the heat, of course, is older Americans. Here’s how to stay safe in the heat.
Keeping Safe in the Heat
Keeping Blinds Closed
One of the biggest ways to keep the heat out of your home is to pull the blinds or drapes to. Don’t go with darker blinds or drapes, either: the darker the material, the more heat it captures. Instead, go with light-colored blinds, or light, white drapes. Light-colored blinds reflect heat instead of trapping it, helping to keep your home cooler and safer.
If you have to go out in the heat during the day, make sure you’re wearing the right clothes. Importantly, you want to wear light-colored and breathable clothing that covers your skin from the sun. A broad-brimmed and light-colored hat to keep the sun from your eyes and off your face. This helps to keep you from getting sunburned or overheated.
In the event that your power goes out, make sure you have a backup plan. Figure out where the closest public location with air conditioning is in case you need to go somewhere to get out of the heat. Likewise, make sure you’ve got bottled water stashed back as a backup, too: you want to make sure to stay well-hydrated.
Remember to keep your fridge closed if your power goes out to keep the food cooler for longer. If any food is exposed to more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit for half an hour, if it’s perishable, you should just toss it. It’s better to be safe than sorry with perishable refrigerated goods.