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