Severe Weather Safety

When severe heat hits, stay safe and prepared.

  • Check AC

    Make sure your air conditioner has a clean filter and is free from debris. Or learn more about tune ups

  • Drink plenty of water

    Staying hydrated and avoiding things like caffeine and alcohol will help you stay cool. 

  • Reduce sunlight

    Close shades, blinds, drapes and curtains to reduce heat from the sun in your home.

  • Locate cooling centers

     Find cooling centers near you to stay cool during the hottest days.

  • Operate generators outside

    Don't operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.

  • Dont leave children or pets behind

    Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles. It only takes a couple minutes for your vehicle to reach temperatures of 140 degrees or higher.

  • Wear light, breathable clothing

    Light material and less clothing will help keep you cooler.

  • Bring pets indoors

    If they can’t come inside, make sure they have cool, shaded shelter and access to water.

  • Plan activity

    Be strategic about tackling physically-active activities (like housework or exercise) early in the morning or later in the evening when it's coolest. 

  • Have an emergency kit

    Stay severe-weather and storm ready by making an emergency kit for your home, workplace and vehicles. Get more info on building yours here.

  • Summer heat health hazards

    Two potentially life-threatening dangers occur in hot conditions―heat stroke and dehydration. Wear breathable, loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water to help protect yourself from these dangerous situations. And learn to recognize their symptoms.

    • Heat stroke is caused by overheating, normally with prolonged exposure to or physical activity in high temperatures. Its symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, shallow breathing, unconsciousness and more. If you suspect heat stroke, get to a cool place, lie down, drink fluids and get medical assistance as soon as possible.
    • Dehydration occurs when your body's not getting enough fluids (water primarily). Some of its symptoms include dry skin, dizziness, fainting, headaches and fatigue. Drink water if you notice dehydration and contact medical assistance if necessary.

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