5 Ways to Stay Safe During Heat Waves



The summer months can be brutal. Sometimes the heat can feel too intense to manage. We want you to be comfortable in your home, even on the hottest days of the year. Here are five ways to beat the heat this summer:

  1.  Schedule a system maintenance Routine maintenance is key in keeping your system working efficiently. It will prevent unexpected breakdowns, and solve small problems before they become big ones.
  2. Care for your pets "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body," says says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. "If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly." To ensure your animals are safe, provide them with endless drinking water and shade. When in doubt, bring them inside.
  3. Install a Dehumidifier We often hear about humidifiers during the winter months, but dehumidifiers are just as important for the summer. A dehumidifier controls humidity efficiently, saving you money in the process.
  4. Make a power outage plan What happens if the power goes out? Create a plan and share with your family. It may mean heading to the nearby mall for relief, or installing a generator of your own. For added measures, keep an extra bag of ice in the freezer and a case of water in a closet.
  5. Know the signs and symptoms of heat-borne illness Educate yourself and your loved ones on the signs of heat-related illnesses, like heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat rash. Some of the symptoms include clammy skin, dizziness, and nausea. You can read more about the illnesses and their symptoms here.