INDIANAPOLIS – The National Weather Service is predicting heat index values to peak at or above 100 degrees Saturday and Sunday. These conditions may increase the risk of heat stress and heat illness for anyone, but especially for individuals who spend a prolonged amount of time outdoors, the very young, and the elderly.
Residents are encouraged to take extra precautions to protect the safety of themselves and those around them and keep these important safety tips in mind:
- Stay hydrated. Keep in mind that drinking alcohol and caffeine can lead to dehydration.
- Check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly and those without access to air conditioning.
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
- When outside, wear light, loose-fitting clothing and take frequent breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned room.
- Learn what the signs and symptoms are for heat exhaustion or heat stroke from the Indiana State Department of Health found here. Seek medical attention if symptoms occur.
- Look before you lock! Pay special attention when locking up vehicles to ensure no children or pets are left inside. Temperatures inside a car can become lethal in a matter of minutes.
- Bring pets indoors and ensure they have plenty of water to drink.
- Those in need of non-emergency resources or shelter can call 2-1-1.
- If you are feeling ill, do not let COVID-19 deter you from going to the hospital to seek treatment.
Residents looking for indoor locations to stay cool can visit open public buildings and Indy Parks facilities, though they may be operating with limited hours and capacity restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the following links for a schedule of Indy Parks facilities, pools, and Indy Park Library hours.