What Are Heat Warnings and Advisories?
Stay Safe in the Heat
- Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and brightly colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors, as they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Protect your face and head from sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
- Stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
- Use the buddy system to take frequent, rotating breaks and rehydrating when working in extreme heat.
- Take cool showers or baths to help lower your body temperature and cool you down.
- Identify places in your community where you can go to get cool such as libraries and shopping malls or contact your local health department to find a cooling center in your area.
- Go to a designated public shelter or an air-conditioned place in your community if your home loses power in the heat wave.
- Learn about the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion are dangerous and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one is experiencing the signs or symptoms of heat-related illness.
- Be sure to always talk to your doctor for personalized heat safety tips and health recommendations.
If you are able, check on elderly relatives or neighbors who may be more susceptible to heat and share these tips with them. By following these tips, you can help yourself and others stay safe during the summer months.