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Heat Advisory: Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

July 18, 2019
Source: Administration for Community Living (ACL)

A large part of the United States will be experiencing extreme heat conditions (high heat and humidity with the temperatures above 90 degrees for several days) in the coming days and weeks.

Take steps to prepare and stay safe. Extreme heat can be dangerous for all, but especially for older adults and people with chronic conditions.

Here are some tips for coping with extreme heat from Ready.gov.

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Watch for heat illness.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

See more information about extreme heat from Ready.gov and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ready.Gov Extreme Heat Information
Link: ready.gov/heat

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Protecting Vulnerable Groups from Extreme Heat
Link: cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/specificgroups.html

The Southeast ADA Center also suggests checking these resources:

American Red Cross: Excessive Heat Watch Across U.S. – How to Stay Safe
Link: redcross.org/about-us/news-and-events/news/2018/Heat-Safety-Red-Cross-Offers-Safety-Steps-When-Temperatures-Soar.html

National Weather Service
Link: weather.gov

Link: Go to website for News Source
https://acl.gov/news-and-events/announcements/heat-advisory-staying-safe-extreme-heat


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