Illness and death from extreme heat should be a serious concern for everyone. But most of these cases are preventable.
Every year hundreds of people die from heat-related causes, so it’s important to know what the risks are and who is most at risk. Learn to recognize the symptoms so you can take action quickly.
The resources below can help you prepare for extreme heat and learn how to respond.
Be Informed - Extreme Heat
Learn terms that can help you identify heat hazards and the conditions that cause illness. You can also learn things you can do to stay safe during a heat wave. (Ready.gov)
Stay Healthy During Extreme Heat
Find out how you can prepare for extreme heat, including what you can do to help reduce energy demands. And don’t forget about your pets! Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses and what to do if your power goes out. (Environmental Protection Agency)
Get hot weather tips and safety information for people groups like the seniors, children, and outdoor workers. You can also learn the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Heat: A Major Killer
Learn what “Heat Index” means and the health risks at different stages. Learn safety tips for heat waves, how heat affects the body, and the symptoms and treatment for heat illnesses. (National Weather Service)
Heat Wave Safety
Find out what the terms “Excessive Heat Watch,” “Excessive Heat Warning,” and “Heat Advisory” mean and what you can do to prepare. Learn how to respond during a heat wave and how to treat heat-related illnesses. (American Red Cross)