MONTGOMERY CO., (WUSA9) - The heat will be hard to beat this week.
Montgomery County officials are advising community members to take precautions this week, with predicted high temperatures leaving a high risk for young children, vulnerable adults and animals.
Montgomery County released a statement Monday afternoon with precautions on how to beat the heat this week. They ask community members to look after one another, especially elderly friends, relatives and neighbors, and offer solutions on staying safe.
“Summer heat can be dangerous, especially for seniors and those with chronic illnesses,” acting County Health Officer Uma Ahluwalia said in the release. “It is important for all of us to check on our friends, relatives and neighbors to make sure they are safe during extreme temperatures.”
They are encouraging residents to stay indoors whenever possible. They also warn residents to be careful to avoid strenuous or tiring activities that could result in overexposure to the sun, including sports or gardening. They advise those who do to do it during the early morning, usually before 9 a.m.
Drinking water to avoid dehydration, cramps or exhaustion and heat stroke is a tip offered as well, along with avoiding drinks containing alcohol or caffeine.
The County said in the event people do go outside during these peak heat hours, to wear proper protection from the sun. Stick to light-colored clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
County officials are cautioning residents to be aware of illnesses including heat cramps, exhaustion and heat stroke are all possible consequences of overexposure to the heat. They urge residents to seek medical attention by calling 911 if they or anyone they know begins to experience these illnesses.
The Montgomery County Police Animal Services Division also reminds community members to be careful with all pets during times of increased heat. Animals outdoors must have access to shade, shelter and fresh water.
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