Nassau County can experience a wide range of temperatures, from dangerously hot to dangerously cold.
It is important for everyone to know how to stay safe during these periods of temperature extremes.
When hot weather and high heat index values are in the forecast, just remember to DRINK WATER:
Remain inside if possible
Intake – drink plenty of water
Never leave anyone in a parked car
Keep outdoor activities to cooler parts of the day
Wear a hat and sunglasses
Always keep an eye on children and elderly
Take frequent breaks
Eliminate strenuous outdoor activities
Remember to check on pets
During the summer months (May through September), Nassau County can experience conditions of extreme heat and high humidity. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. There are three different types of heat emergency: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat cramps are caused by a loss of salt through heavy sweating. Heat exhaustion is caused by dehydration which can progress to heat stroke, the most severe of the three. Heat stroke can cause shock, brain damage, organ failure and even death.
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.
5 P’s of Cold Weather Safety
People: Remember to dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves outdoors. It is important to stay out of the wind and stay dry. Ensure young children and the elderly keep warm; they are the most sensitive to cold weather.
Pets: If cold weather is in the forecast, be sure to bring outdoor pets inside, or give them a warm shelter to stay in.
Plants: Cover young and cold-sensitive plants to protect them from frost and dangerous low temperatures.
Pipes: Cover exposed pipes; allow outdoor faucets to drip slowly to prevent freezing and breaking.
Practice Fire Safety: Use safe heating sources indoors. Do not use fuel-burning devices such as grills or generators indoors; they release carbon monoxide, which is a deadly gas. Also, make sure to use space heaters according to their instructions and be attentive to open flames.