Stay Cool When It's Hot: Managing Extreme Heat Conditions
According to the National Weather Service, heat is the no. 1
weather-related killer in the United States. Summers in the U.S.
are hot, with many regions experiencing extreme heat waves each
year. If you or loved ones spend time outside during the summer,
it’s important to be knowledgeable of heat-related conditions.
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses
large amounts of water and salt through excessive sweating, such as
during hard physical labor or exercise. Such loss can disturb
circulation and interfere with brain function. Individuals with
heart problems or on a low-sodium diet are particularly at risk for
Heat stroke occurs when the body fails to
regulate its own temperature and body temperature continues to
rise. Symptoms include fast heart rate, unconsciousness, seizures,
difficulty breathing, sweating that may be heavy or has stopped,
severe vomiting and diarrhea, or skin that may be red, hot and
How to handle heat emergencies
Keep these summer-safe tips in mind and share them with loved
ones and neighbors.
- When temperatures approach or go above 90°F, slow down and
limit physical activity.
- Never leave children or pets in cars for any reason
- Keep your living space cool – if you don’t have central air
conditioning, consider getting window units and fans.
- Take a cool shower or bath to lower body temperature.