Extreme Heat Preparedness
Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.
To download heat related brochures and posters, visit The CDC Extreme Heat Website .
- 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.
- 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.
- Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
- Share heat safety information with others.
- Learn the symptoms of heat sickness.
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.
Signs of Heat Sickness
Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat sickness.
- Heavy sweating
- Cold, pale and clammy skin
- Weak pulse
- Body temperature 103 F or higher
- Hot, dry skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
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Last updated Feb. 13, 2014