The dog days of summer are among us and health officials remind Nebraskans to keep cool during this heat advisory.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of Nebraska and western Iowa for today with heat index values reaching 110. Hot and humid conditions are in the forecast for the remainder of the week.
Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour says this week’s heat and humidity are making for potentially deadly conditions. She says there are several tips Nebraskans can take to avoid heat-related illness.
– Never leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
– Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty and avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine.
– Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
– Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
– Outdoor activities should be limited to morning and evening hours.
– Those 65 years of age or older are at more risk as are children.
– A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.
“Heat is on average, by far, the biggest weather killer in the United States,” Dr. Pour Said. “Please don’t let it happen to you.”