long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures.
Take steps to
stay safe when it’s hot outside.
HOT CARS CAN BE DEADLY: Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside
temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees.
Other heat safety steps
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. Avoid drinks with caffeine
Avoid extreme temperature changes.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark
colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest
part of the day.
frequent breaks if working outdoors.
Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning,
who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the
Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from
the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
HEAT EXHAUSTION: Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat
stroke. If someone is experiencing heat cramps in the legs or abdomen, get them
to a cooler place, have them rest, lightly stretch the affected muscle, and
replenish their fluids with a half a glass (about 4 ounces) of cool water every
someone is exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion (cool, moist, pale or flushed
skin, heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness exhaustion), move
them to a cooler place, remove or loosen tight clothing and spray the person
with water or apply cool, wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If
they are conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the
person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition. If the person refuses
water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local
HEAT STROKE - LIFE THREATENING:
Signs include hot, red skin which may be
dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting and high body temperature. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number
immediately if someone shows signs of heat stroke. Move the person to a
cooler place. Cool the person’s body. Douse or spray the person with cold
water, or cover the person with cold, wet towels or bags of ice.