With heat index readings expected to exceed 100 degrees across much of lower Michigan through Saturday, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents and visitors to stay protected during the extreme heat.
“Extreme heat has the potential to be life-threatening as heat and humidity put stress on the body,” said Capt. Emmitt McGowan, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. “By taking the proper precautions, you can minimize your risk of heat-related illness and be ready to assist those who are most affected by severe heat.”
To prepare for extreme heat:
- Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, blinds or awnings to reduce the amount of heat that enters your home.
- Listen to local weather forecasts to stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
- Check on family members or neighbors who are elderly, young, sick or overweight, as they are more susceptible to excessive heat.
- Ensure pets have cool housing areas and plenty of water.
- Learn about available cooling centers or public locations with air conditioning in your community.
To prevent heat illness:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks because they cause dehydration.
- Wear clothing that allows good air circulation.
- Limit vigorous activity.
- Try to schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening hours to avoid the hottest part of the day.
- If outside, avoid direct sunlight by staying in the shade.
- Use air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have air conditioning, consider going to a public location or cooling center that does.