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July 10, 2024

5 ways Nigerians in US can survive killer heatwave that has recorded 5 deaths

5 ways Nigerians in US can survive killer heatwave that has recorded 5 deaths

Firefighters knock down a structure fire that ignited from a burning generator and briefly spread to a small spot fire at a home during the Thompson fire in Oroville, California on July 3, 2024. – A heatwave is sending temperatures soaring resulting in red flag fire warnings throughout the state. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP)

Thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate as a wildfire rages out of control in different states across the United States in the grip of a “record-breaking and dangerous” heatwave that was complicating firefighting efforts.

The dangerous heat wave has shattered temperature records, triggered heat warnings and advisories for millions of people, caused at least five deaths and left dozens of others hospitalised.

Forecasters said the heat would roll in off the West Coast and take hold of central California before spreading further as the week progresses, including into Oregon and Washington to the north.

The current heat wave impacting millions of people out West is persistent, and shows no signs of dissipating.

Here Vanguard looks at five (5) ways one can survive the killer heatwave

  1.  Have cold food and drinks, avoid alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  2. Take extra precautions when outside
  3.  Take frequent air-conditioning breaks when possible. Have a cool shower or put cool water on your skin or clothes.
  4. Keep your living space cool. Close windows during the day and open them at night when the temperature outside has gone down. Electric fans can help if the temperature is below 35 degrees.
  5. Check up on relatives and neighbors
  6. Do not leave young children and pets in unattended vehicles