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10 tips for dealing with extreme heat

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

With temperatures rising to the high 90s this weekend and in the coming days, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency is offering some tips on dealing with the extreme heat. 

1. Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

2. Make sure your home is well-insulated and cover windows with shades or drapes. Consider installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside. This also helps keep your energy costs down.

3. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.

4. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Protect your face and head with wide-brimmed hats.

5. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

6. Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm.

7. Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

8. Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade. Be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.

9. Conserve water in your household to help prevent drought: wash only full loads of dishes and laundry, fix household leaks and consider installing low-flow toilets and showerheads.

10. Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

Georgians can find more information about preparing for extreme heat and other natural and manmade disasters at www.ready.ga.gov

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