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A complete guide to handling the heatwave coming to WNY

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-19 03:54:28-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — With temperatures expected in the 90's this weekend, Western New York will be caught in a massive heatwave. It's something that many are not prepared for, so here is a complete guide to handling the heat according to the Ready Campaign (a government run organization designated to educate the public).

Do's

  • Find air conditioning
  • Watch for heat illness
  • Check on family members and neighbors
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Don'ts

  • Partake in strenuous activities
  • Wear heavy clothing
  • Leave people or pets in a closed car
  • Use an electronic fan (fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature)

Preparing your home for the heat

  • Cover windows with drapes or shades
  • Weather-strip doors and windows
  • Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat out
  • Add insulation
  • Use attic fans to clear hot air
  • Install window air conditioners and insulate around them

Staying safe during the heat wave

  • Find cooling locations in your area (WKBW has them all listed here)
  • Never leave any living being in a vehicle
  • If outside, find shade
  • Wear a hat wide enough to block out the sun
  • Drink plenty of fluids

Feeling dehydrated or fatigue from the heat?

  • Go to a cooler location
  • Remove excess clothing
  • Take sips, not gulps of water or sports drinks with salt and sugar
  • If body temperature gets above 103 degrees, call 911 or get the person to a hospital immediately.