"Stay Cool, Find Shade, Don’t Over Exert and
Drink Plenty of Water"
The National Weather Service, Emergency Management and Public Health Departments in Vermont and New
York have joined efforts to designate June 10th as Heat Safety Awareness Day. This
joint designation is to bring awareness of the health dangers that can be associated with excessive
heat and offer some solutions to protect yourself and others from the heat. The National Weather
Service categorizes a hot day when temperatures reach 90 degrees or warmer. In the North Country, we
average between 6 and 10 such days a year, with some years witnessing more than 20 days. A heat wave
is defined as three or more consecutive days with the temperature reaching or exceeding 90 degrees.
In Burlington, the most 90 degree or above days was 26 days in 1949. The longest heat wave was 8
days in August 1944. In 2012, there were 13 days reaching at least 90 degrees and a 4 day heat wave
from July 12th to July 15th.
The Hazards of Excessive Heat
During extremely hot and humid weather, the body's ability to cool itself is affected. When
the body heats too rapidly to cool itself properly, or when too much fluid or salt is lost through
dehydration or sweating, body temperature rises and heat-related illnesses may develop. Heat-related
illnesses can range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to more serious heat stroke. Heat stroke can
result in death and requires immediate medical attention.
Factors or conditions that can make some people more susceptible to heat-related illnesses include
age (older adults and young children), obesity, fever, heart disease, mental illness, poor
circulation, prescription drug and alcohol use, and sunburn.
Please refer to the following page for heat-related illness symptoms and first aid - http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml
HERE ARE SOME SAFETY TIPS TO BEST COPE WITH THE DANGERS OF
Take Action, Be Prepared
Slow down and reduce strenuous activities
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight
Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids.
During excessive heat periods, spend more time in air-conditioned places if
If you must be outside, try to lessen your exposure by seeking shade frequently and
limiting your activities to the early morning or late evening.
NEVER leave children, disabled adults, or pets in
parked vehicles. "Beat the heat, check the back seat!"
Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont will issue Excessive Heat Watches, Heat Advisories or Excessive Heat
Warnings when the Heat Index (Apparent Temperature) is expected to exceed 105°F for several
hours or more. The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in
with the actual air temperature.
IMPORTANT: Since heat index values were devised for shady, light wind
conditions, exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to
15°F. Also, strong winds, particularly with very hot, dry air, can be
The Heat Index Chart shaded zone above 105°F (orange or red) shows
a level that may cause increasingly severe heat disorders with continued exposure or physical
NWS BTV Heat Awareness Video
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Other links –
NY Health Department Heat Message - http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/1243.pdf
VT Department of Health - http://healthvermont.gov/
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat