Much of the U.S. is going to get toasty; how to stay safe

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Fit For The Road Logo HeadersMake sure your A/C is in good shape. Summer is here in earnest, and things are heating up.

If you drive through the Deep South or run through and Southwest and parts of California, you may scoff at temperatures in the high 90s. But, the Plains and East are in for what could be record-setting, triple-digit highs during the next several days and uncomfortably warm ones at night.

The National Weather Service today just warned:

Dangerous heat and humidity are expected from the Plains to the East Coast over the next few days. Not only will afternoon temperatures and humidity be dangerously-high, but there won’t be much relief at night for many. Record warm low temperatures are expected, with 123 records currently forecast to be tied or broken.

While you may be in your air conditioned cab most of your working days, it pays to be careful when you do get out. There are a few common sense things you can do to ensure you stay safe in the elevated heat. And, be sure that you keep your pet cool if you travel with one.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals as they add heat to your body
  • Wear sunscreen because sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated
  • Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, and avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks, which can actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat
  • Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
National Environment Public Health Tracking Network