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Extreme Heat Preparedness

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 Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.


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

Escape the Summer Heat

Public Health and Hennepin County Geographic Information Systems have created a mobile-friendly online mapping application to help people find public places to escape the summer heat.

From a tablet or mobile phone, residents can click on the Public Health Emergencies webpage to find a Hennepin County map, then click on the cooling option mobile application.

They can make the map personal by entering a home zip code or current street address. The map will zero in on the selected neighborhood; users then can click on individual cooling locations for an address, days and hours of operation, contact information and a website link, when possible.

In a normal year, about 175 Americans die of complications from overheating. Young children, senior citizens and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable.

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.

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.

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.

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

Stay Informed

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.Ready.Gov Extreme Heat Graphic(3)
  • Share heat safety information with others.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat sickness.

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

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Last updated Aug 7, 2015