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Extreme Heat Preparedness

  • Know the terms: Excessive Heat Watch - Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours. 

  • Know the terms: Excessive Heat Warning - Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least 2 days (daytime highs=105-110°Fahrenheit)

  • Heat Advisory - Heat Index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for 1 to 2 days (daytime highs=100-105°Fahrenheit)

Each yr approximately 175 Americans die from extreme heat. High heat and humidity cause the body to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in temperature controlled buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, or community facilities. Make water your beverage of choice during extreme heat, it prevents dehydration, heat stroke, and more. 

 

If you have to work outside avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks. Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.