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.
  • 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). Find a cooling center near you.

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

  • The National Weather service provides additional information on heat injuries.