HEAT

Preparing for Extreme Heat

Here at the end of Extreme Heat Week ?? we want to remind you that extreme heat events can happen anywhere in the United States. Extreme heat commonly occurs in the summer; however the main season for heat waves may vary regionally.

While heat illness may affect seniors and the very young more rapidly, it is a condition to which we are all susceptible.

  • Heat-funnyExtreme Heat Safety Tips:
    Stay indoors, especially during the warmest part of the day (typically 11 am to 2 pm), and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning or it fails, go to a public building with air conditioning such as a shopping mall, public library, or community center.
  •  Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  •  If you must be outside, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must work, take frequent breaks.
  •  NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  •  Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    o Infants and young children
    o People aged 65 or older
    o People who have a mental illness
    o Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
  •  Get to know symptoms for heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and sunburn and how to respond immediately.
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