Storms and hot weather are a part of any Northern Virginia summer, but this past June was the hottest on record for 142 years and shows no sign of letting up. Recent storms knocked out electricity for thousands of us, and many still remain without power.
Know that all of our clients, friends and neighbors are in our thoughts, and that we hope for everyone’s safety and well-being during this unfortunate time.
Please bear in mind the precautions listed here to help keep you and your family healthy and safe.
- Drink plenty of water, regardless of activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty!
- Limit any outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and cut down on exercise. Try to rest often in shady areas.
- If you don’t have air conditioning, go somewhere that does such as a shopping mall, library or cooling center.
- Avoid alcohol or drinks with large amounts of sugar. These can cause you to lose more body fluid. Very cold drinks can also cause stomach cramps.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Never leave anyone—child, adult or pet—in a closed, parked vehicle. The extreme heat can be fatal.
- When the power goes out, turn off or disconnect any appliances, equipment or electronics you were using at the time to avoid damage from power surges when electricity is restored.
- Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car, as traffic lights will be out making roads more dangerous.
- If using a portable generator, connect appliances or equipment you wish to run directly into the unit. Do not connect the generator to your home’s electrical system.
Remember, all of us here at the Sullivan Group are a part of your neighborhood, and we’re here to help in any way we can. Contact me directly on my cell at 703-268-6380 or at the office on 703-222-3300. Together we can make this summer a bit easier to manage.