Beating the heat in Houston's heat advisory


Houston is under a heat advisory as the heat index tops 100.

The "feels like" temperature is more than 108 degrees, so simply being outside can be dangerous.

As Houston is hit with a heat advisory you want to triple check your children, making sure they're hydrated, not getting too hot and make sure you don't leave them in a hot vehicle.

The Office of Emergency Management is also reminding us to check on seniors.

“Thought I'd get out here (on the porch) and get a breath of air.  I normally stay inside though because it is warm but we have a good little breeze,” smiles Esther Robinson.

Several agencies such as the Star of Hope are tending to Houston's homeless.

”We go to where they are and hand them water, hygiene products, socks and we try to get them connected with shelter,” says Star Of Hope Case Outreach Manager Kenneth Eakins.

Even here in Houston some homes aren't running air conditioning.

“I do have air conditioning at home but it ain't always working and I can't afford the light bill,” says Michael Hardy.

This intense heat can certainly lead to a bear of a bill when it comes to electricity. So some Houstonians are keeping cool at misting stations at the Houston Zoo. Even as hot as mother nature is the animals are finding ways to beat the heat.

”We'll do different ice pop tosses throughout the day multiple times a day since it's nice and hot here in Houston. We will do different tea or sugar free Kool-Aid to make up the base of the ice pops and then we will add different fun stuff, peanuts, currants, sunflower seeds, a dollop of yogurt,” smiles Houston Zoo Primate Keeper Ashley Kramer.  

No reports of serious injuries during the heat advisory from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Remember, public libraries are always designated cooling centers during their regular business hours.

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