By Aaron Vazquez and Audrey Santora
How do heat waves happen?
A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, and there is often high humidity. There is usually little to no precipitation during a heat wave, making the climate very dry. These conditions can be dangerous to people who don't take care of themselves properly.
What should someone do before and during a heat wave?
- Build an emergency kit.
- Make a family communication plan.
- Keep shades closed on windows that get morning or afternoon sun.
- Never sit in a parked car.
- Stay inside as much as possible.
- Play indoor games and sports.
- Drink lots of water.
- Wear loose-fitting and light colored clothes.
- Wear a hat with a wide brim.
- Spend time in places with air conditioning.
Fun facts about heat waves!
- About 175 Americans die each year from heat waves.
- Men get heat sickness more often because they get dehydrated easier.
- From 1936 to 1975 20,000 people were affected by heat waves.
- During a heat wave in 2010, it was hot enough to cook a tuna steak on the sidewalk.
- Heat waves kill more people than any other natural disaster.