A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening without proper precautions.
- Prepare for a heat wave by checking to see if your home's cooling system is working properly.
- Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
- Plan on being inside a cool building during the hottest time of the day.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- Make sure you remain properly hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Eat light, well-balanced meals.
- Dress in light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle for any amount of time.
- Listen to weather-alert radios to stay informed of heat-releated watches and warnings.
- Also monitor commercial radio, television and the Internet.
- See more extreme heat safety tips from the Virginia Department of Health