Excessive Heat

Before

  • Regularly stay informed by following the news.
  • Shield windows exposed to the sun.
  • Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined. For more information on heat indexes click here.
  • Check for air leaks and clean a/c filter.
  • Refrigerate bottles of drinking water.
  • 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 (schools, libraries, theaters, malls). To find a cooling center near you, click here.

During

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun's rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Postpone outdoor games and activities.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning.
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure they are not suffering from the heat.

After

  • For more information on types of heat injuries, click here.