The sun continues to torch much of the United States as we head into the dog days of summer. What are the best ways to beat the heat?
According to an article in USA Today, heat was the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States between 2002 and 2011. During that time period, there were 1,185 heat-related deaths, 1,139 hurricane deaths and 1,075 deaths from tornadoes.
Record high temperatures were set in June in many parts of the country. July and August promise to be just as hot, so it is a good time to provide readers with safety facts, tips and ideas to stay cool.
How to localize
Ask readers how they beat the heat? Compile the responses and create an ASF of activities and events that help people stay cool.
Talk to people whose jobs keep them outdoors and in the heat. How do they cope with the hot weather? What safety tips and advise can they offer?
Provide contact information for cooling centers along with other services and options for residents who need assistance.
Talk to medical personnel for safety tips and guidelines in dealing with extreme heat. What are the warning signs of heat stress?
Interview veterinarians: What are the best ways to keep pets cool and safe?
Still, summer is about sun and fun, so create a callout for photos depicting events and activities with friends and families.