Preparing For Hot Weather

By:  Ashley Harding

Some people are more vulnerable to heat problems than others, but when it gets right down to it, staying hydrated is what matters.

Despite sweltering temperatures and unbearable humidity, 67–year old Bruce Anderson spends the afternoon mowing the lawn.  He wants to get it done before he leaves for a weeklong trip to North Platte.  “the quicker I can get it mowed, the better. And to let it go another day, it would really be long by the time I got back next Sunday,” Anderson says.

Anderson knows his age puts him at a higher risk for things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, but he's not alone.

Pregnant women and small children are also more vulnerable.  And of course, the homeless really need to be careful.

Brad Thavenet with Lincoln Fire and Rescue says, “out in the shade if you happen to go by and see somebody that you know in your neighborhood is down on their luck in that aspect, just offer them some hydration. Like a bottle of water.”

And with temperatures expected to reach into the hundreds this week.  There's a few tips everyone should be aware of.  One important way to prepare for the sweltering heat this summer is to choose clothing that is light–colored and loose–fitting. Start your day off hydrated is also an important tip, so in the morning, skip the coffee and instead go for some refreshing water. And if you do have to work outside, try to get it done earlier in the day.

Health officials say taking short breaks here and there is also very important, and if you start to feel dizzy or exceptionally hot, you should go inside or call 9–1–1 if necessary.

For Bruce Anderson, having a little help nearby makes all the difference.  “I brought my wife over, so she can watch after me in case something really does happen. Hopefully not.”

Health officials say if you find yourself feeling dizzy, weak, of if you're sweating profusely; you should take a break and cool off.