Public Health Emerging Issues
Excessive Heat Warning Poses Risk for Heat-Related Illnesses
Public Health Recommendations to Protect Yourself:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Stay out of the sun.
- Schedule your time outdoors.
- Take frequent breaks; rest in the shade, or stay inside if you can.
- Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Infants and young children and people over 65 years of age at greater risk.
- Check in on your neighbors, monitor those at a higher risk.
- When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Young children should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- To reduce risk during outdoor work, schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.
Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
For Heat Exhaustion watch for:
- Heavy sweating
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
For Heat Stroke watch for:
- An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid, strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.
Heatstroke is an emergency, dial 911 if someone needs help.