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Posted on: July 25, 2019

Extreme Heat Safety Tips

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One of the most deadly weather phenomena to hit our region each summer is heat. In contrast to the visible, destructive and violent nature of thunderstorms, tornadoes and floods, heat is a silent killer. Heat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities.

How to Prepare

  • Listen to your local weather forecast and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
  • Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (i.e., schools, libraries, theaters, malls, etc).
  • Ensure your animals’ needs for water and shade are met. Click here to learn more about keeping your pets safe and healthy in summer months.

What to Do During a Heat Wave

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or news outlets for critical updates from the National Weather Service.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles!
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Some foods can increase metabolic heat production and increase water loss.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and can help your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Slow down, stay in the coolest place available (not necessarily indoors) and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.
  • Strenuous and outdoor activates should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by heat.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.

For additional information, visit weather.gov/heat.

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