Stay Safe, Keep Cool @ HCPL

I was going to make a joke about the heat, but it's just too hot for anything that strenuous, and besides, weather like we've been having (and will be having for the foreseeable future) is serious business, and can be dangerous, especially to those whose bodies may be more vulnerable to its effects: the very young, seniors and those who are ill. Harris County Public Library asks that you take a little time to check on your neighbors who might be at risk, lend a helping hand if needed, and always keep in mind that HCPL branches are great places to beat the heat.

There's plenty to do; our summer reading program in full swing. We also have lots of comfortable chairs and, of course, tons of stuff to read--from the latest issues of your favorite magazines to classic literature and the hottest best sellers, to a wide-range of research resources--or you can just take advantage of our free WiFi, streaming movies and, above all, our AC!

Below is the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management's list of safety tips for this long hot summer.

What you should do:
• Stay indoors as much as possible. If you don't have air conditioning, stay in the coolest part of the house and use electric fans.
• Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. Your body needs fluids to keep cool.  Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you work outside, do it during the coolest part of the day.
• Eat smaller meals, but eat more often.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
• Always use sunscreen. Sunburn makes the body's job of keeping cool more difficult.
• Although all are vulnerable to excessive heat, be sure to check on the elderly, children, and those who are ill as they are particularly at risk.
• Ensure that your pets are provided with shade and adequate water.

For the HCPL branch nearest you, visit our locations page.

Comments

thanks to share this...such a

thanks to share this...such a useful information and i can keep myself cool in this summer now..thanks again

Looks like it's going to be

Looks like it's going to be another hot one today. Thanks for commenting!