Extreme Heat Safety Tips

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating but under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Summertime activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with measures that aid the body's cooling mechanisms and prevent heat-related illness. Follow the links below for information on how you can prevent, recognize, and cope with heat-related health problems.

The below information was adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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  1. Children & Pets in Cars

    Do not leave your animal, or child in the car during warm weather.

  2. Common Sense

    Remember to keep cool and use common sense.

  3. High Risk Individuals

    Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.

  4. What to Do During Hot Weather

    To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. Read more tips on staying cool.