This heatwave is going to stick around. The Hartford FD shares safety tips
The Town of Hartford Fire Department wants everyone—not just folks from Hartford—to play it safe during this late-summer heat spell, which looks to be carrying through at least Wednesday.
In a Facebook post, the Hartford FD notes that we're all at greater risk of heat-related illness, even death, when the temps exceed 87 degrees Fahrenheit. Older adults, children, those with chronic illness, or who spend a lot of time outdoors are among the most vulnerable during hot weather.
There are three easy ways to prevent heat stroke: rest, shade, and water.
And more specifically:
- Reduce outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day
- Stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol and caffeine if possible
- Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothes
- Seek relief in air-conditioned spaces or other cool and shady places
- Keep your house cool by using shades, windows, fans, and avoiding use of oven/stove
- Never leave children, adults with disabilities, or pets in a parked vehicle
- Learn the signs and symptoms of heat illnesses and basic first aid responses
- Check in on neighbors and loved ones, especially those living alone
- Stay informed by tuning in to weather, news, and emergency messaging