BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging people to use caution as many in the area prepare themselves for dangerous heat levels.
The National Weather Service indicates that record high temperatures will be possible in some regions and temperatures are expected to reach above 100 degrees in much of the state.
"Each of the National Weather Service Offices we work with are issuing similar messages about the heat levels increasing to dangerous levels this weekend," says GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis. "Use extreme caution if working or doing any type of outdoor activities. Check on those who may need your help dealing with these dangerous conditions. Listen to your local media and the NWS for important information."
Some have taken that advice. After hearing forecasts for extreme heat, the Southern University football team closed all practices to the public until further notice to ensure the public's safety. They have also postponed today's scrimmage.
GOHSEP suggests some ways you can protect yourself from the heat:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
- Drink plenty of water. People who have epilepsy or heart, kidney or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time home alone.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks.