Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Be Careful - Summer Heat and Humidity Can Affect Your Health!

Hot weather can cause serious health problems. Be aware of the dangers and know what can be done to lower the risks for heat-related illness.

Persons Most at Risk

  • The very young, the elderly and those who work or play outdoors.


  • Heatstroke may result in shivering, disorientation, irritability, convulsions, and coma. Call 911 immediately!
  • Heat exhaustion causes nausea, faintness and extreme weakness. For treatment, have the victim rest in a cool or shaded area and drink liquids. Then call 911.

Staying Healthy

  • Drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Avoid alcohol.
  • Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Stay in shaded areas.
  • Never leave young children or pets unattended in a car.
  • Check often on elderly friends.
  • Provide plenty of fluids to nursing babies and toddlers.
  • Visit an air-conditioned mall or movie theater.
  • Visit a local Cooling Center, if available.

If you work outside, take breaks or change your schedule to avoid the hottest part of the day!

For more information about heat-related illness, go to:
Tips to Beat the Heat
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Weather Information

Illness Prevention Information

Heat Stress

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