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 DID YOU KNOW?     EXTREME HEAT

On average, Extreme Heat claims more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined.

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You should have 4-6 ounces of liquid for every 15-20 minutes of activity!



 
  • Each year Extreme Heat is responsible for hundreds of deaths in the United States 
  • Extreme Heat paired with high humidity makes it difficult for the body to maintain its normal temperature
  • Overexposure to Extreme Heat can cause several heat-related illnesses, including: Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, and Heat Cramps.

Heat Related Illnesses

Knowing the differences between heat-related illnesses is critical when determining the need for medical care.

Heat/Sun Stroke: life-threatening condition, call 9-1-1 or get help immediately; signs include changes in consciousness and vomiting and high body temperature

Heat Exhaustion: typically occurs when people overexert themselves in hot, humid weather. Signs of heat exhaustion include cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea; dizziness; weakness; and exhaustion

Heat Cramps: muscular pains and spasms due to a combination of low fluids and heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are non-life threatening, they are often a precursor to more serious heat-related health concerns.


Before Extreme Heat...
  • Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary. Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside. 
  • Be aware that people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of heat than those in rural areas 
  • Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes 
  • Be aware of surroundings and people around you During

Extreme Heat...
  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio for critical updates from the National Weather Service (NWS) 
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. 
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun 
  • Stay hydrated; water is the best option 
  • Postpone or delay outdoor games and activities