As temperatures are forecasted to climb into the 90s over the next week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today offered New Yorkers the following advice to safely battle the excessive heat.
"Hot temperatures and high humidity can have dangerous consequences, including heat-related illness and death," Governor Cuomo said. "It is important to pay close attention to weather advisories and warnings, and take action now to protect yourself and your loved ones from this prolonged, excessive heat wave. I urge all New Yorkers to check on their neighbors, stay inside when possible, stay hydrated, and take advantage of cooling stations if needed."
To counter the harsh heat and humidity, Cuomo offered the following safety tips:
Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun's peak hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Exercise in the early morning between 4-7 a.m.
Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which can cause water loss. Eat small meals, but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods.
Drink at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
If possible, stay out of the sun and stay in air conditioning. The sun heats the inner core of your body, resulting in dehydration. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, out of the sunshine, or go to a public building with air conditioning.
If you must go outdoors, wear sunscreen with a high sun protector factor rating (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. When outdoors, wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Cover as much skin as possible to avoid sunburn and over-warming effects of sunlight on your body.
Do not leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.
Make an effort to check on your neighbors, especially if they are elderly, have young children or have special needs.
Make sure there is enough water and food for pets and limit their exercise.
People who should be aware of the heat include:
Elderly persons and small children are mostly affected.
Persons with weight or alcohol problems are very susceptible to heat reactions.
Persons on certain medications or drugs.