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
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache 
  • Nausea or vomiting

For Heat Stroke watch for:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Confusion
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Unconsciousness

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. 

Heatstroke is an emergency, dial 911 if someone needs help.