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Protect Yourself & Others in Extreme Heat

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Protect Yourself & Others in Extreme Heat

We’re not yet in June but the Houston area temperatures have been brutal. It is currently 89 degrees in the afternoon, however the Feels Like temp is 99 degrees. 

Take a look at what’s happening around the country…

Take care of yourself and your family by knowing what to do in our extreme temperatures. 

 

~STAY HYDRATED

We’ve been told to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily but everyone is different.  However, during extreme heat conditions, it is even more important that you stay hydrated. 

 

*Please don’t forget our wonderful 4 legged furry buddies and our winged creatures!  Put water out for them and keep it fresh!!!

When you’re out walking your dog, take water for them.  

 

*DO NOT leave pets or children in the car!!!!



HOW MUCH?

It will depend on what you’re doing. Performing excessive activities outdoors will require more hydration. 

Learn to listen to your body.  You can also eat foods with a high water content!

More information here…





~Most cities have COOLING CENTERS. You can find out where to locate a cooling center in your state at The National Center for Healthy Housing



OUTDOORS…

~Avoid the mid-day heat if you can

~Avoid outdoor activities that require excessive energy
~Seek shade if outdoors

 

INSIDE…

~Use window coverings

~Avoid using your oven

~Fans only move hot air…don’t depend on them to cool you

 

SIGNS OF HEAT ILLNESS OR STROKE

It is important that we know the signs of heat stroke or illness…not only for you but your loved ones and friends as well. 

 

~High body temperature (103°F or higher)

~Hot, red, dry, or damp skin

~Fast, strong pulse

~Headache

~Dizziness

~Nausea

~Confusion

~Losing consciousness (passing out)

WHAT TO DO** from CDC.gov

~ Call 911 right away-heat stroke is a medical emergency

~Move the person to a cooler place
~Help lower the person's temperature with cool cloths or a cool bath
~DO NOT give the person anything to drink

You can learn about heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and muscle cramps or print an infographic to keep at home. 

 

BE SAFE AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK ON YOUR SENIOR NEIGHBORS!






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Comments(11)

Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I really enjoy the heat, it feels really good to me, haha.  I definitely stay hydrated and drink at least a gallon of water each day.

May 30, 2024 05:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Brian England I like the heat too!  It's been extremely hot and humid here so even heat-lovers need to protect themselves. 

May 30, 2024 10:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

What a great PSA, Kathy! I'm always amused by the issue of fans here in the south. I can understand the need for them before the days of air conditioning. Right now, I don't have a single fan in my house. In my last house, where I had a two story great room, I used a fan to push air down. I actually have two fans on my front porch. I don't think I've turned them on more than once or twice in 18 years.

May 30, 2024 05:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Can't believe you don't use fans to circulate the cool air..it really helps!!! It's also important when you go to sell your home, buyers in Texas want them as they know how much of a difference they make and at the very least want it to be blocked and wired so they can install their own.

May 30, 2024 06:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker we have a few ceiling fans and they do come in handy to circulate the air...unless the air is hot!  I can't sit or sleep under one. 

May 30, 2024 10:58 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

A great post because so many aren't drinking enough liquid to stay hydrated. So important to stay cool and hydrated in these temperatures. I find fans pushing the cool air around really help! Knowing the signs of heat stroke is very important.

May 30, 2024 06:39 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX I mentioned this above but I can't sit or sleep directly under a ceiling fan!  However when we lost power our generator ran everything but the A/C so we ran our ceiling fans and other fans we had. 

May 30, 2024 11:06 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

In extreme heat it is important to not overly exert and to stay hydrated and when in doubt drink some more.

May 30, 2024 07:06 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 staying hydrated is important and even more so with the heat we're having. 

May 30, 2024 11:07 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Great advice for those areas that reach those temps. Here we are lucky to reach 80 this time of year. A gorgeous 70 and sunny around here.

May 30, 2024 07:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I'd love that weather. We're about 89 now with a feels like temp of 100. 

May 30, 2024 11:08 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I have been hearing from relatives in Florida about the extreme heat there too. Great tips Kathy!

May 30, 2024 07:54 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 growing up in Houston, I don't remember it reaching 100 degrees. After we returned from FL, we've had several days with 100+ temperatures. 

May 30, 2024 11:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and I do lots of door hanging in the Summer time and carry water with me all the time with me.  It does get hot!

 

May 30, 2024 08:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm I'm glad that you're drinking a lot of water. 

May 30, 2024 11:25 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

These are timely reminders to share. All of us need to take precautions when we have very hot weather.

May 30, 2024 09:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Make sure that you and Chef Dolores stay hydrated. 

May 30, 2024 11:26 AM
Roy Kelley

We are thankful for 72 degrees at 3:30 as I post this comment.

May 30, 2024 12:30 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy staying hydrated is very important, but something I often fail to pay enough attention to.

May 30, 2024 09:15 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto please carry water with you!!!!  Drink up!

May 30, 2024 11:27 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Dehydration occurs without warning and can leave you with a heat or sun stroke. Thnak you Kathy, for the tips on remaining hydrated while enjoying the great outdoors this summer!

May 30, 2024 06:34 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! You and your honey make sure you're hydrated when working in Nerdin Gardens. 

May 30, 2024 07:16 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  we have the AC guys on the list to check it our for our hot season... and the contractors to fix my fan:)Endre

May 30, 2024 10:50 PM