Navigating a heat wave requires careful planning and practical steps to ensure safety and comfort. Here are key tips to help you handle extreme temperatures:

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US National Weather Service Binghamton NY

1. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water consistently, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, as they can cause dehydration.

2. Seek Shade or Air Conditioning: Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned environments. If air conditioning isn't available, stay on the lowest floor out of direct sunlight, or visit public places like malls or libraries.

3. Limit Outdoor Activities: Avoid strenuous activities during peak heat hours, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must be outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded areas.

4. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can provide additional protection from the sun.

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5. Use Cool Cloths and Showers: Apply wet cloths to your body or take cool showers to help lower your body temperature.

6. Eat Light: Choose small, light, and frequent meals over large, heavy ones. Foods with high water content, like fresh fruits and vegetables, can help maintain hydration.

7. Monitor Vulnerable Individuals: Keep a close watch on elderly family members, children, and pets, as they are more prone to heat-related illnesses.

8. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses: Recognize symptoms such as dizziness, headache, rapid heartbeat, and nausea. If you or someone else shows these signs, move to a cooler place, hydrate, and seek medical attention if needed.

9. Stay Informed: Regularly check weather forecasts and heat alerts through local news and weather apps. Being aware of upcoming heat waves can help you prepare adequately.

Following these tips can help minimize the risk of heat-related problems and ensure you stay safe during a heat wave.

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