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Jul 24
​​METRO helps Houston beat the heat

 

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 This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist at METRO.  
 

The recent weather serves as a reminder of just how oppressive the Texas heat can be. It's one of the reasons that METRO partners with several local agencies to ensure that everybody has somewhere he or she can go to cool down.

Did you know, for example, that METRO regularly sends buses to emergency events, like apartment fires, to serve as cooling shelters for those temporarily displaced? Also, when the city of Houston activates the Heat Emergency Plan, we provide those in need with free rides to the city's cooling shelters. When the mercury starts to rise, here are a few tips to keep you and your family safe:

STAY COOL!

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

STAY HYDRATED!

  • Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.Brentmoji.jpg
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

You can sign up for city of Houston emergency alerts here and METRO service alerts here.

 

 

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