What 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.
- 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
- 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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