Extreme heat expected in CSRA

Extreme heat expected in CSRA

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - It still feels warm and humid even after the sun has set, and that's only contributing to the concerns EMA officials have the next few days as we hit 100 degrees for the first time this year.

"Juice. Plenty of liquids. And, the water is pretty awesome."

Kristina Kenny is making sure her young children stay safe at Evans Town Center Park during the heat.

Over at Augusta EMA, they're keeping a close eye too.

"The biggest thing is water intake," explained Mie Lucas. "Make sure when you leave your house, you take a bottle of water with you just in case. Even sitting in the car, if you don't have air for long periods of time, it could hurt you."

Even though the temperature is on the increase, Kenny said her kids are taking the heat in stride.

"No, she comes back every five minutes asking for juice," said Kenny. "But, I might let her play in the fountain in a minute."

But even if temperatures don't crack the century mark, the heat can cause problems anyway.

"It may not have to bee 100 degree heat for it to be hot and people to get heat stroke," said Lucas. "So, we hear those calls."

Augusta EMA offers these tips:

Prepare for Extreme Heat

There are several measures which can be taken to prepare for and minimize the effects of extreme heat, as follows:

  1. Install window air conditioners snugly as possible; use insulation if necessary.
  2. Weather-strip all doors and sills to keep cool air in.
  3. Check heating and cooling ducts for proper insulation.
  4. Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  5. Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

During Extreme Heat

  1. Stay indoors, limit exposure to the sun.
  2. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  3. Drink plenty of water.
  4. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  5. Stay on the lowest floor of your residence and out of the sun if air conditioning is not available.
  6. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.
  7. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.
  8. You may wish to spend the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as schools, shopping malls, libraries, and other community facilities.

For a list of heat shelters in our area, head to this website.

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