Extreme Heat Cooling Centers

Summer months hold the possibility of extreme heat. Extreme heat occurs when temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher for at least two to three days. Heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States.

Heat is the top weather-related killer in the United States. According to the National Weather Service, heat causes more fatalities each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes. • Avoid strenuous activities when hot weather is expected. 

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During a Day of Extreme Heat
• Avoid strenuous activities when hot weather is expected. 
• Stay hydrated and nourished. Drink fluids regularly, regardless of the activity level. Avoid sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages because they increase the rate of dehydration. 
• Eat small meals more frequently. Although heat may lessen appetites, the body needs proper nutrition to function. 
• Take time to cool off. If possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned building. If the home does not have air conditioning, spend time in an air-conditioned public facility. Check local news to see if there are any local heat-relief shelters.
• Never leave animals, children or elderly individuals inside a vehicle. The temperature inside vehicles can quickly become dangerously high even if the windows are rolled down completely. 
• Dress appropriately for the high temperatures. Wear lose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat better than dark colors. 
• The skin and eyes also need to be protected. Wear the proper level of SPF sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. This will protect the body from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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