- NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty, and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
- Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours.
- Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention.
- Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
- A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.
It also helps to know the symptoms of a heat-related illness.
According to WeatherNation, the signs of heat exhaustion are a mild headache, cool or pale skin, heavy sweating, muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting.
The signs of heat stroke, which is more serious than heat exhaustion, are a throbbing headache, confusion, irritability, hot skin, nausea and vomiting. It is recommended you call 9-1-1 immediately if you believe someone is having a heat stroke.
In addition, the Omaha Salvation Army will have cooling stations open at the following locations:
Burrows Center lobby, 6101 Northwest Radial Highway, 402-898-6090, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Kroc Center, 2825 Y St., 402-905-3500, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays
North Corps, 2424 Pratt St., 402-451-4048, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.