Tips for Extreme Heat
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the
high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower
or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such
as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community
- Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets
unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Drink plenty of water. Persons who are on fluid-restricted diets or have
a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing
- Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that
cover as much skin as possible.
- Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning
and who spend much of their time alone.
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in vehicles – even for “a minute.”
- Temperatures inside vehicles can rapidly reach life-threatening
levels…even with windows partially open.
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy
system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
Be Smart & Stay Cool !