Summer Heat Safety Tips

Summer Heat Safety Tips

As the temperature rises, be sure to follow these heat safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe throughout the summer months.

  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a warm day.
  • If air conditioning is unavailable in your home, go to a cooling center.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid high-energy activities or work outdoors, during midday heat, if possible.
  • Check on family members, older adults, and neighbors.
  • Consider pet safety. If they are outside, make sure they have plenty of cool water and access to comfortable shade. Asphalt and dark pavement can be very hot to your pet’s feet.With high temperatures, there is a risk of heat stroke. The following are signs to watch for according to ready.gov:Heat Stroke Signs:
    • Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees F) taken orally
    • Red, hot, and dry skin with no sweat
    • Rapid, strong pulse
    • Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness

    If you suspect heat stroke, call 9-1-1 or get the person to a hospital immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available until medical help arrives. Do not give the person anything to drink.