Beat the Heat

  • Seek shelter in cool and, if possible, air conditioned areas.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of activity level. Fluid should be drunk before, during, and after being exposed to extreme heat.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • Stay informed for heat warnings, watches, and advisories.
    • Excessive Heat Watch: conditions are favorable for an event to meet or exceed local excessive heat warning criteria in the next 12 to 48 hours. 
    • Excessive Heat Warning: heat values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days. 
    • Excessive Heat Advisory: hazardous heat conditions have begun or will begin within 36 hours and, if caution is not exercised, they could become life-threatening.
  • Get lots of rest.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activity to mornings and evenings.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher.
  • May be the first sign of heat related illnesses
  • May lead to heat exhaustion or stroke
  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms usually in legs and abdomen
  • Heavy sweating
  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Possible muscle cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting
Heat Stroke
Heat Stroke