Stay Cool in the Connecticut Heat This Summer

Screenshot, from The Weather Channel
Screenshot, from The Weather Channel

Summer is here in Connecticut, and it means business. Temperatures hit 90 degrees this week, according to the state website. This weekend it will be in the 80s.

After the harsh winter we had it is important to remember that hot summer weather brings its own dangers. We all know to be generous with the sun cream. But when it gets really hot, there are other steps we can take. Here is some advice from the federal government:

Patch’s top 3 ways to prepare for extreme heat:

  • Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

  • Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers.

Patch’s top 5 to-dos when the weather is really hot:

  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Each year, 38 babies die in hot cars. Read Patch’s report on how we can all help avoid these tragedies.

  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals and drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.

  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.

  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power during periods of extreme heat. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

This summer follows a period of severe weather in Connecticut, with power outages due to heavy rain earlier this month.

And tell us in the Comments section: what are you most looking forward to doing in the sunshine?


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