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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Some people in Central Georgia already follow these tips. Meagan Kusz of Macon said she regularly wears loose-fitting light colored dresses.

"It's really keeping me cool I think anything heavier would be unbearable I really don't feel that horrible right now," said Kusz.

But others we talked to said they have to break certain tips like construction workers, who have to strenuous work outside.

"We work outside putting in gas lines we have to stay in the sun all the time, so just can't avoid it," said Scott Chamberland of Macon.

But Chamberland said he combats heat on the job by drinking plenty of cold water and taking breaks.

However, a few Central Georgians said they just hope that the heat eases up soon.

"I like it in small doses, if we can get some clouds and some wind that would be nice," said Valerie Pollock of Warner Robins.

Georgia Emergency Management Agency has these tips on how to prepare for extreme heat:

-- Insulate your home by installing weatherstripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.

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

-- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

-- 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.

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

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

-- Postpone outdoor activities and take shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile if severe weather is headed your way.

-- 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.

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

-- Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings. Ready Georgia is currently hosting a contest for the chance to win a free weather radio, so visit the Ready Georgia website and create a Ready profile for a chance to win.

Other tips to survive the hot weather:

--Try to avoid prolonged outdoor activities, especially strenuous ones.

--If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in the shade or A/C if possible.

--Drink plenty of fluids. Water and sports drinks are best.

--Try to avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages as they can dehydrate you.

--If you notice that you've stopped sweating or are feeling faint, move into the air conditioning immediately. You may also need to seek medical attention, as those are signs of heat exhaustion.


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