Extreme Heat Safety

When a summer heat warning is issued, take is seriously! Extreme heat causes numerous deaths in the United States every year. It is especially dangerous for the elderly and the very young, as well as the chronically ill and disabled. Things to keep in mind in when the temperature shoots up:
  • Stay out of the sun, if possible.
  • Drink lots of liquids, especially water (sports drinks can also help replace electrolytes).
  • Take cool baths.
  • Use air conditioning a couple of hours each day.
  • Use fans to pull in cool air from the shaded side of your house (but don't use a fan in an enclosed room if the air is hotter than you are!).
  • Wear light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Make sure pets and livestock are protected and have adequate water and food supplies.