Heat Advisory Issued for Today, Wednesday, June 20
A heat advisory has been issued for Fairfax County by the National Weather Service for today, Wednesday, June 20. A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. A Code Orange air quality alert has also been issued, which means pollution levels are harmful to children and anyone with breathing or heart conditions.
The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. The Fairfax County Health Department encourages residents to take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries and deaths during hot weather:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Stay cool indoors in an air-conditioned room.
- Wear appropriate clothing (weight and loose fitting) and sunscreen.
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself; reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Do not leave children or pets in cars.
- Check in on relatives and neighbors.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1. Find out more about heat-related illness and heat stroke, helping the vulnerable in your community and keeping your pets safe in the heat.