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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As hotter temperatures continue through the holiday weekend, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s (GEMA) Ready Georgia campaign is urging residents not to underestimate the temperatures and take steps to stay safe.

Extreme heat is the no. 1 weather-related killer in the U.S, claiming approximately 400 lives across the nation.

Here are 10 tips to help beat the heat:

  1. Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
  2. Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  3. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  4. Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm.
  5. Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  6. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  7. Postpone outdoor activities and take shelter in a home, building or hard top automobile if severe weather is headed your way.
  8. Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
  9. Conserve water in your household to help prevent drought: wash only full loads of dishes and laundry, fix household leaks and install low-flow toilets and showerheads.
  10. Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station, NOAA Weather Radio, or the Ready Georgia app for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.
Georgians can find this information and more at www.ready.ga.gov. The website offers an interactive preparedness tool to create custom checklists of emergency supplies and tailored family plans. For preparedness on the go, you can also download Ready Georgia’s recently upgraded mobile app.

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