The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory in the New Orleans area for today, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, until 7 p.m. The weather forecast indicates that high humidity levels will result in heat index values of 105 to 110 degrees in New Orleans, and these hot temperatures can become life-threatening if the proper precautions are not taken.

 Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent health emergencies due to overexposure to extreme heat

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning during the hottest parts of the day.
  • If you have to perform outdoor activities, do so early in the morning or late in the evening.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing and avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun.
  • Most importantly, please stay hydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Consider drinking an electrolyte sports drink, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • The very young, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at a greater risk for heat-related health issues and should take extra precautions to stay cool and hydrated.

Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Even in 70 degree weather, the interior temperature of a vehicle can increase rapidly, to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Cracking a window does not help. Leaving a child or pet unattended in a vehicle often leads to a life-threatening emergency. Anyone who sees a child or animal unattended in a vehicle is urged to call 9-1-1 immediately.