Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

Posted on August 6, 2018 by jpheasant


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With the increase in temperatures the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory for the entire state, below are several ways to stay cool and safe during these warmer temperatures.

During extreme heat, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) and Department of Public Health (DPH) recommend the following:

  1. Find air conditioning.
  • If your home does not have an A/C it is recommended you go to a shopping mall or public library.
  1. Go outside when its coolest.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening.
  1. Avoid strenuous activities.
  2. Wear light clothing and use sunscreen.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • It is recommended that you drink between 16-32oz./hr.  depending on the level of exercise and watch for heat cramps – exhaustion – stroke
  1. Check on family members and neighbors.
  2. Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
  • When the outside temperature is 80°
    • After 10 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 99°
    • After 20 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 109°
    • After 30 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 114°
    • After 60 minutes the inside temp of a vehicle reaches 123°


Those most at risk:
• Infants and young children are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures.
• People 65 or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
• People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
• People who are physically ill.

  • Especially with heart disease
  • high blood pressure;
  • or those who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

For more heat safety information visit www.weather.gov/heat.