Heat Safety

2022-09-27 , Reading time: Less than 1 minute

Hot weather causes hundreds of fatalities in the US each year. The most vulnerable populations include children, older adults, people with medical conditions, and pregnant women.

Some things you can do to stay safe include [1]:

  • Reduce outdoor activities
    • Slow down
    • Dress for summer
    • Minimize exposure to the sun
  • Eat light foods such as fruit and salads.
  • Drink lots of water (not too cold); avoid alcohol and caffeine
  • Use air conditioning
  • Use electric fans
  • Do not direct fans toward yourself if the air is hotter than 90°F to avoid dehydration
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Check on people in the vulnerable populations
  • Protect sensitive electric equipment
  • Ventilate your rooms


  1. During a Heat Wave
  2. Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness

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