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Hot weather precautions

Excessive heat

An excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

It's hot outside! Stay cool.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink water and avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, or liquids containing large amounts of sugar. If doing physical activity, drink two to four cups of water every hour. Don't wait until you are thirsty to hydrate!
  • Stay informed. Watch the news for the latest warnings about hot weather. For more information on severe weather alerts, visit TPT NOW or local broadcast channel 2.5, which will provide advisories and warning in four different languages.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
  • Wear a brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Seek cool areas, preferably with air conditioning. Cooling centers are located throughout the metro area.
  • Eat small meals more often. Fruits, vegetables and salads are best.
  • Ensure pets have extra water and are not kept outside for prolonged periods of time. Hot concrete or asphalt can burn the paws of animals. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for pets.
  • Check up on neighbors, especially the elderly who are at greater risk of health problems due to excessive heat.
  • Monitor small children and pregnant women for signs and symptoms of heat illness.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke

Hot weather can cause serious health effects such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Know the signs. If you're ever concerned about an individual, or they are showing signs of heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Heat exhaustion

  • Mild headache, lightheadedness
  • Cool, pale skin (heavy sweating)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Muscle cramps, fatigue, weakness

Health stroke

  • Throbbing headache, confusion, seizure, irritability, or altered/loss of consciousness
  • Oral body temperature of 104 or higher, dry mouth
  • Hot skin
  • Nausea, vomiting