How to Stay Safe and Cool in Hot and Dry Weather

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(Memphis) Approaching three-digit temperatures, dryness and Code Orange ozone alerts are burdening the Mid-South.

A “Code Orange” alert was issued Monday, and will likely be issued again Wednesday. No rain is expected for at least another seven days.

“Do your stuff really early in the morning, or really late at night, when it’s cooler. Stay out of the hot part of the day; keep the kids out of the hot part of the day. Keep the pets out of the hot part of the day,” Jaggers said.

Those with asthma should also stay inside.

Reggie Hancock was sitting in a lawn chair on Mud Island Monday afternoon, as he has several times a week for two years now.

“I’m going to let it cool down, and then I’m going to walk the track,” he said, taking a sip from his cooler of water and soda.

He picked a shady spot, knowing it would be brutal to sit in the sun. As he looked across the river, the water barely rose enough to cover the banks on the Arkansas side. This time last year, Hancock wouldn’t even be able to sit in his spot for all the flood water.

Jaggers said the rainfall is almost 12 inches below normal.

Working outside in this weather can be hazardous. Dusty Yarbrough works on the Beale Street Landing project.

“We got lucky to come see a beautiful view every day. But unfortunately it is hot. It is very hot out here,” he said.

The boss allows many breaks, and they stay hydrated with water and Gatorade.

Sometimes work that needs to be done above the building or outside will be done early in the morning, leaving work underneath or inside for later, when it gets hot.

Officials with fire departments across the Mid-South are urging people to take precautions, especially as the Independence Day approaches.

Fireworks are banned in the city of Memphis, unincorporated Shelby County, and Millington. The city of Bartlett has not yet made a decision on banning fireworks, and Germantown requires a permit to do so, a process which is very involved.

Arlington allows fireworks only on July 4 from  10:00a.m. to 10:30p.m.

Fireworks are also banned in Lakeland, even though fireworks can still be sold at a store at Canada Road and I-40, which was grandfathered into the rule.

Crittenden County allows fireworks, as does West Memphis and Marion.

Call your local city hall or fire department for details.

Fire departments advise residents to clean up any collected pine needles in the gutter, or piles of branches and debris, as those easily catch fire.

Also, have a hose and a bucket of water handy if people are playing with sparklers and fireworks. Put sparklers in the bucket of water after they’re done.

Experts advise not to burn anything during this weather. If you have a burn permit, please call your local fire department to get approval for the burn.