Extreme Heat and Wildfires

In response to the prolonged heat wave the state is experiencing and the reports of wildfires in the state, Governor Edwards has issued a declaration of emergency from August 11, 2023, to September 9, 2023.  The declaration is posted here for your reference.  The LABEOC will update this message as the situation develops.

As a reminder, here are some tips that we can follow to stay safe during this extended heatwave:

  1. Limit Outdoor Activities: If possible, stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to go outside, try to do so early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.
  2. Wear Appropriate Clothing: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored clothing to help your body breathe and reflect the sunlight.
  3. Avoid Strenuous Activities (when possible): Postpone or limit strenuous activities, such as exercising or heavy lifting, during extreme heat.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  5. Eat Light Meals: Consume light, easily digestible meals that don’t require your body to generate excess heat during digestion.
  6. Use Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, even if you’re just going outside for a short time.
  7. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses: Learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If you or someone else experiences symptoms such as heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, confusion, or a high body temperature, seek medical attention immediately.
  8. Stay Humble: Remember that extreme heat can be dangerous. Don’t underestimate its potential risks, and take necessary precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
  9. Keep Pets Safe: Ensure your pets have access to shade, water, and a cool environment. Never leave them in a hot car.
  10. Monitor Vulnerable Individuals: Keep an eye on infants, elderly individuals, and people with chronic health conditions, as they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

Stay safe.


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