With the heat index values as high as 102 on Monday in the Sioux Falls area, here are some steps you can take to reduce your risk of heat stroke.

  • Drink plenty of water and juices. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Bathe or shower frequently using cool water.
  • Avoid vigorous activity during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear a hat or use an umbrella when out in the sun.
  • Use fans and air conditioners liberally.  If none is available, keep shades down or curtains drawn during the day and windows open at night.
  • Visit air-conditioned places such as shopping malls and libraries, but avoid overcrowded areas.
  • And finally - do not leave kids (or pets) in a parked car. The summer heat quickly turns the inside of a car into a coffin!