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Beat the Heat Safely!

Heat can kill. Use this page's safety reminders to help your and others BEAT THE HEAT

Use this on-line heat index calculator using temperature and either dew point or relative humidity. 

These conditions can be life-threatening, especially to those not accustomed to the heat, with medical problems, or on certain medications.


Remember that pets are also affected by the heat!!
Give them plenty of fresh water and provide shade.


 Follow these guidelines to help you beat the heat:

  • Try to stay in air-conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid strenous activity
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothing
  • Remember your pets! Provide shade and water.
  • Check on neighbors
  • Never leave pets or children in vehicles for any amount of time!!
    In the past dozen years over 450 children have died from hyperthermia after being left in or gaining access to unattended cars. (See this website for more information.)

    Hot, dry skin | Confusion | Unconscious | Chest Pains | Shortness of Breath

See the chart below for Heat Index threat values and possible problems you could face with prolonged activity and/or exposure.

These websites have much more information on heat safety: