How To Stay Safe During The Idaho Heat Wave
A dangerous heat wave has settled over the Western U.S., particularly the Northwest. Across Idaho, cities are seeing temperatures 10 to 15 degrees higher than normal for this time of year – putting the state on track to have one of the hottest summers on record.
Keeping cool in heat like this should be top of mind, for yourself and your community. Heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities, according to the National Weather Service.
During extreme heat warnings, remember:
I grew up on an old farm in MT that didn’t have AC. Tip from my mom for dealing with heat: she never cooked indoors— Frankie Barnhill (@fabarnhill) June 27, 2021
- Stay indoors, with air conditioning when possible
- Drink plenty of water
- When outside, limit sun exposure & seek out shade
- Avoid strenuous activities
- Wear light or loose-fitting clothing
- Check on family and neighbors
Tips from Idaho Power to keep your home cool:
With record-high temperatures in the forecast this week, we're encouraging all of our customers do what they can to conserve energy 4-9pm each day, when energy demand is highest.— Idaho Power (@idahopower) June 27, 2021
Turn the thermostat up (72 to 75), keep blinds closed & turn off unneeded lights. #LightenTheLoad pic.twitter.com/JtSigguaLO
- Ceiling fans can make the air feel several degrees cooler.
- Make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise in the summer to create a downdraft to maximize the cooling sensation
- But remember: fans cool people, not rooms. Turn them off when you leave the room.
- Cover windows with drapes or shades
- Use appliances that create heat (think: oven, dryer, dishwasher) in the early morning or late evening to avoid the hottest times of the day.
- Or don't use those hot appliances at all! Consider grilling on the porch or line-drying your laundry outside.
- To cool down, take a cool shower or wear lightweight clothing, rather than cranking the AC.
- If you're leaving your house for a few days, turn off the air conditioning.
Prolonged exposure to heat can result in heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Know the signs of heat-related illnesses:
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At-risk populations for heat-related illness include:
- Older individuals
- Pregnant women
- Individuals experiencing homelessness
- Those with underlying health conditions
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