The Moreno Family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast a week ago. Although the Morenos moved from Texas, they say South Mississippi takes summer heat to a whole new level.
"It's hotter temperature wise in El Paso, but it's drier. You can walk around in El Paso all day long and your shirt wouldn't get wet. Here, you go out for five minutes and you're soaking wet. It's hot and miserable," says Manuel Moreno.
Manuel and Melissa say they have to play it safe in the summer heat when it comes to their three little ones.
"Just drinking plenty of water has helped a lot," says Manuel Moreno.
The experts agree. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: don't wait until you're thirsty to drink, don't drink alcoholic or sugary drinks you may lose more body fluid and don't drink very cold drinks because they could cause stomach cramps.
"We don't stay out in the hot part of the day. We'll go out at 3 in the afternoon or later in the day," says Manuel Moreno.
Other tips for beating the heat include: limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours; find shady areas to rest; wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brim hat; and wear sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
With temperatures soaring into the triple digits , experts say electric fans won't prevent heat-related illness. It's better to take a cool shower or bath to cool down. These are some of the best ways to avoid heat exhaustion or a heat stroke.
In the event of heat exhaustion or stroke, here are some tips to help you. Get the person to a shady area, cool the person off however possible and give him or her fluids.
The Moreno family says those are all tips they will use. Like the heat, the Morenos don't have plans of leaving soon. "Probably in a year we'll be a pro," says Melissa Moreno.
The CDC says infants and young children and people over the age of 65 are in higher risk groups for heat-related illnesses. If you do not have air conditioning, go to places with air-conditioning like the mall, public library or even casinos.
There are heat-relief shelters on the coast. For more information on those shelters you can start by calling the health department or your county supervisors.
By: Krystal Allan
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