Extreme Heat

In a normal year, about 175 Americans die of complications from overheating.

Hennepin County Air Conditioned Public Buildings (Cooling Centers)

Young children, senior citizens and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable. Extreme heat conditions differ by region, but generally are feared when unusually hot and humid weather conditions last for several days.

Escape the Summer Heat

It's Hot Outside Graphic Extreme HeatProtect yourself from the heat. Start by being informed about heat alerts, issued by the National Weather Service and publicized by local news media. When the weather gets hot, it’s important to stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings.

To assist in escaping the heat, a link to Hennepin County's mobile mapping application shows cool options throughout Hennepin County including locations to Salvation Army buildings, libraries, recreation centers, movie theaters, and shopping malls. See this link for helpful instructions.

This map provides some options for places that can provide relief from the heat. For more information about the warning signs of heat exposure, visit the CDC website.

Resources

Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.

To download heat related brochures and posters, visit The CDC Extreme Heat Website

Signs of Heat Sickness

Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat sickness.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cold, pale and clammy skin
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting

Heat Stroke

  • Body temperature 103 F or higher
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

     

Beat the Heat!

Stay Cool

  • Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct contact with the sun.
  • Check on friends, family and neighbors twice a day during hot weather and have someone do the same for you.
  • Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid using the stove or oven to cook.
  • Take cool showers or baths.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you are thirsty to drink more.

  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.

  • People with heart, kidney or liver disease, or on fluid restricted diets should check with their doctors before increasing fluid intake.

Stay Informed

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Share heat safety information with others.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat sickness.

What about Pets?

  • Be aware of hot sidewalks/asphalt when walking dogs. Remember, if it's hot for you, it's hot for them.
  • Keep your pet inside and out of direct sunlight
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car in any weather. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in a matter of minutes – even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation. People who leave a pet unattended in a car in any weather risk a $500 fine and animal cruelty charges.Be sure your pet has enough clean, cool water
  • Minneapolis Animal Control's tips for caring for pets during heat

Heat Stress: What Workers Need to Know

Many different types of workers are at risk for heat stress and the risks that come with the heat. Some of those risks are things you might not have thought of - like the risk of injury from sweaty palms or fogged up safety glasses.

You may have heard of others, like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, but do you know how to recognize the signs and what to do?

If you need a refresher on staying safe while working in the heat, take a few minutes to brush up: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/

Who Needs Special Care?

Anyone 65 years or older, people living with chronic medical conditions, children, the homeless, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness. During episodes of extreme heat, remember to check on your neighbors!

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For more information, visit Extreme Heat Resources at the CDC or Minnesota Department of Health

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Last updated Jul 22, 2016