How to Beat the Heat

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

As summer temperatures rise, so does the rate of heat-related emergency incidents. Please take these precautions to help ensure you, your pets and neighbors are able to enjoy the summer weather safely!

  1. NEVER leave children, seniors, or pets alone in hot vehicles. Cracking the windows is not enough to keep them safe on a hot day. Heat can quickly rise in a car—up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes! If you see a child, senior, or pet in a hot car, call 911 immediately.
  2. Check on family members and neighbors, especially those who are older, to be sure they are keeping cool.
  3. Know the signs of heat-related illnesses, and learn what to do if you or someone you know is experiencing them.  Click here. 
  4. If you have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and take frequent breaks in the shade. We recommend being PROACTIVE by drinking lots of water all day long, especially in the heat of late summer!
  5. Avoid high-energy activities, especially during the afternoon and early evening when it’s hottest. Don’t assume that water activities such as swimming or boating will effectively keep your body cool.
  6. Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort but do not actually reduce body temperature.
  7. Check on your pets; bring them inside and provide them with plenty of cool water.