Residents encouraged to take precautions during area’s heat wave

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — No relief from the extreme heat and humidity is in sight this week. Highs in the 90s along with humid conditions will create heat index values as high as 100 to 105 degrees through week’s end.

Here are a few reminders to help keep you and your loved ones cool and avoid any heat-related illnesses and fatalities:

  • Drink water. Avoid sugary, alcoholic, or caffeinated drinks. Any of these can cause you to become dehydrated or worsen your dehydration.
  • Keep cool indoors. If you do not have air conditioning, try to spend afternoons (the hottest part of the day) in a cool place available to the public, such as a library, mall, or movie theater.
  • Limit physical activity outdoors. Try to avoid physical exertion during the hottest part of the day. If you can, try to limit outdoor activities to the morning and early evening hours to avoid the peak heating of the day. If you must work outdoors, remember to stay hydrated. The Virginia Department of Health recommends staying hydrated by drinking two to four glasses of water each hour and taking plenty of breaks in a cool environment with air conditioning or, at the least, in shade.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Light-colored clothing will help reflect the sun’s energy. Lightweight clothing will allow air to circulate which has a cooling effect. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is also helpful. Remember to apply sunscreen.
  • Do not leave children or pets in locked cars. The inside of a car in the summer heat can turn deadly in a matter of minutes. On a 90 degree day, temperatures inside a car can heat to 109 degrees in just ten minutes. Leaving the window cracked, even an inch or two, does very little to prevent the rapid rise in temperatures inside a car.
  • Remember your neighbors. Some are more susceptible to heat illnesses than others, especially the elderly. Remember to check on your elderly neighbors during times of extreme heat.

The City of Lynchburg is offering a cooling center through Friday, Aug. 13, at the Miller Center on Grove Street in the Community Room from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Water will be provided.

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