Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year. Heat can be very taxing on the body....Everyone can be vulnerable to heat, but some more so than others.
  • Young children and infants are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness and death, as their bodies are less able to adapt to heat than are adults. 
  • Older adults, particularly those with preexisting diseases, take certain medications, are living alone or with limited mobility who are exposed to extreme heat can experience multiple adverse effects.
  • People with chronic medical conditions are more likely to have a serious health problem during a heat wave than healthy people.
  • Pregnant women are also at higher risk. Extreme heat events have been associated with adverse birth outcomes such as low birth weight, preterm birth, and infant mortality, as well as congenital cataracts.

It is NEVER safe to leave a child, disabled person or pet locked in a car, even in the winter. If you have a toddler in your household, lock your cars, even in your own driveway.  Kids play in cars or wander outside and get into a car and can die in 10 minutes! (US National Weather Service, n.d.). 

NWS has heat forecasting tools! Take a look here! They also have heat safety tips and resources here!

Children fatalities in a hot car can be prevented. Check out the United States Department of Transportation webpage for guidance on how to do your part!

Let's not forget we need to keep our furry friends safe during extreme heat!
Pet safety in extreme heat

pets and hot cars

The CDC has educational pages, check it out!
What is extreme heat find out here!
How can you keep your cool in extreme heat?
Stay cool, stay hydrated, stay informed!
When temps rise get inside

The American Red Cross offers what you can do to prepare for extreme heat here

The CDC is a great resource to learn how heat effects us all!
Pick a category below to learn more about extreme heat and:
People with chronic medical conditions
Infants and children
Older adults
Outdoor workers

Check out the CDC's video about extreme heat below!

Do you know what to look for and what to do for heat stroke and heat exhaustion?
Heat Related Illness

Did you know that heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be connected?
heat symptoms

Here are some FAQ's about extreme heat that the CDC has answered!

FEMA has information on how YOU can be prepared for extreme heat! Click here to learn!

Heat graphic

Go to Ready.gov to be see how to prepare for, be safe during and be able to recognize heat related illnesses.

The National Integrated Heat Health Information is a great resource for current extreme heat conditions in the USA!

The CDC wants to show you how to stay cool in the heat!

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