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During an Extreme Heat Event


ALWAYS CALL 911 IN THE EVENT OF AN HEAT-RELATED EMERGENCY. Here are some other things you should do when the weather is extremely hot and humid:

  •  Never leave anyone alone in vehicles. Check for children or pets before exiting your vehicle.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Start early, or postpone outdoor games and activities until the cooler hours of the day.
  • If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
  •  Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy, heart, kidney or liver diseases; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult their physician before increasing fluid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. This can cause dehydration and impaired judgment.
  • Dress in loose fitting, lightweight, and light-colored colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Wear sunscreen every day on all exposed skin and reapply according to the recommendations on the bottle.
  • Wear sunglasses. The sun’s rays can be especially damaging to eyes over time.
  • Avoid strenuous movement during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working or playing in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  •  Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning or who spend much of their time alone.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
  • Be aware. Does that utility worker look dehydrated? Is that police officer getting sunburned? Speak up if you think someone is in danger. Sometimes a friendly reminder from a concerned neighbor or community organization can make all the difference.


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