Homeland Security and Emergency Services

People Who Should Be Aware

Tips

  • Monitor those at high risk.

  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications for conditions such as depression, insomnia or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Children

  • Never leave children in a parked car or vehicle during periods of intense summer heat. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach over 140 degrees Fahrenheit quickly. Exposure to such high temperatures can kill within a matter of minutes.

  • Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Make sure that children get lots of rest when they are active. Heat can make youn children feel tired.

  • Make sure your child stays hydrated. Provide them drinking water regularly, even before they asks for it.

  • If your home does not have air-conditioning, find a nearby building that does. Libraries can be a great place for a cool retreat from the heat.

  • Infants and children up to four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures. They rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.
seniors

Senior Citizens

  • People who are 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently, and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.

  • Seniors don't 'feel the heat' the way younger people do, and so might not be aware of the risks of high temperatures.

  • Senior Citizens can have chronic medical conditions that changes normal body responses to heat.

  • Be aware that prescription medicines can impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.