Dangerous temperatures sweeping Hudson Valley: Tips to stay safe outdoors

News 12's Ben Nandy provides essential safety tips for those venturing outdoors during this challenging weather!

News 12 Staff

Jul 27, 2023, 9:42 AM

Updated 333 days ago

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As scorching temperatures envelop the Hudson Valley, residents are bracing for an intense day of summer heat.
News 12 Storm Watch Team Meteorologist Matt Hammer says the hottest stretch of this summer begins today! Watch his forecast below:
News 12's Ben Nandy provides essential safety tips for those venturing outdoors during this challenging weather:
For Outdoor Workers:
  • Be mindful of construction crews and public-works crews, following guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
  • Recognize symptoms of heat-related illnesses such as dizziness, muscle spasms, and nausea.
  • Stay hydrated– aim to drink at least a cup of water every 20 minutes. Employers should provide snacks and drinks to replenish electrolytes during extended work hours.
William Van Buren, of the Yonkers Public Works Department, says he prepares the night before for a hot day like this.  "I take about maybe 10 bottles of water. I freeze them at night. I just go through them during the day."
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General Tips for Everyone:
  • Stay well-hydrated throughout the day.
  • Apply sunscreen to protect from harmful UV rays.
  • Dress in light clothing to minimize sweating and heat absorption.
News 12's Nadia Galindo is in Mount Vernon where firefighters are opening fire hydrants to help residents stay cool
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Amidst the oppressive heat, it's also crucial for everyone to take necessary precautions to ensure their safety and well-being of their pets.
Experts say that pets need to stay hydrated in this heat.  Mark High, of Yonkers, says he walks his dog Sachi early because Sachi can't handle it once it hits midday. "He'll get real dehydrated, tongue hanging out. This is not that type of dog. He's a pug."


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