Extreme Heat

Extreme HeatWhat you should know about Extreme Heat

Know what to do before, during, and after extreme heat

  • Create a communications plan with your family before extreme heat hits
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car
  • Listen to local officials

Heat Safety & Risk

  • Listen to the local media for heat advisories & excessive heat warnings so you can beat the heat this summer
  • Do you know the difference between a Heat Outlook, Watch, & Warning
  • Stay safe from the heat by drinking a lot of water, staying indoors, and calling 911 if you see someone suffering from a heat emergency.
  • When a child's temperature reaches 107 degrees Fahrenheit, there is a risk of death. Call 911 and act fast if you see a child in danger.
  • Extreme heat makes the body work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.
  • Each year approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat.
  • Did you know that urban residences are at greater risk of the effects of prolonged #heat than rural and suburban residences? For more go here.

Stay Indoors

  • Roughly 40% of unwanted heat buildup in our homes is through windows. Use awnings or curtains to keep the heat out!
  • Beat the heat by staying indoors and in the shade
  • Tip: Check the weather stripping on doors and windows to keep the cool air in
  • Fans alone aren’t enough in high heat plus high humidity. Get inside where it is air-conditioned or go to a public place like the library, museum, or shopping mall
  • During extreme heat, stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun
  • Go here to find cooling centers in our area

Reduce Heat Impact

  • In extreme heat, dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays
  • Check on your pets frequently to ensure they are safe during extreme heat
  • Keep strenuous activity to a minimum during the hottest parts of the day (11a.m. to 2p.m.) and use a buddy system
  • Check on seniors, people who are ill or may need extra help frequently
  • Make sure you drink LOTS of water to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration, heat stroke and more
  • During extreme heat drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty
  • Got heat cramps? Rest in a cool place and drink a beverage containing electrolytes and sodium, like a sports drink

Car Safety

  • NEVER leave children or pets alone in hot vehicles! Heat can rise in a car, up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes
  • Even with the windows rolled down, only minutes in a hot car can be deadly for your pet! NEVER leave your pets in the car
  • If you see a kid in a hot car- act fast! You could save a life
  • Heat related deaths ARE preventable! Look before you lock
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Created on: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 14:02
- Author: BridgetB