The rising humidity rate level rising on a thermometer past 100 percent to tell you of danger or uncomfortable weather conditions in the hot summer heat

Extreme heat kills more people than hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and lightning combined, according to the National Weather Service. Here are five tips you need to know if there is a heat wave:

1. Avoid the heat by staying out of the sun, especially when it is at its hottest between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Identify the coldest room in your house to know where to go to keep cool.

2. Keep rooms cool by closing shades or curtains, or simply taping cardboard over window panes.

3. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol during a heat wave, and drink cold drinks regularly.

4. Wear loose clothing and a hat if you have to go outside in the heat.

5. Take cold baths or showers, and make sure you splash yourself with cold water.

For more information about what to do in a heat wave, go to the National Weather Service site.

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Mike Hardman is a veteran editor and journalist, working for on line and newspaper publications and in radio and television during a 35-year career. He has been honored nationally, regionally and statewide for excellence in editing and reporting. Mike was also a regional editor for AOL-Patch, covering Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and has written for a variety of publications, including GateHouse Media, the Boston Globe and the MetroWest Daily News. He earned a degree in Multidisciplinary studies (broadcast journalism) from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.