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Prepare for Extreme Heat


• Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
• Install window air conditioners; insulate if necessary.
• Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
• Install temporary window reflectors (for use between windows and drapes), such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.
• Weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cool air in. Cover windows with drapes and shades, awnings, or shutters.
• Listen to local weather forecasts and stay aware of upcoming temperature changes.
• Know those in your neighborhood who are older adults, young, or sick.
• They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.

Who is at risk:

• Older adults
• Persons with Medical Conditions
• Children
• Persons with Disabilities
• Outside Workers
• Pets

How to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat
What to do, to Prepare NOW.
Find places in your community where you can go to stay cool.

Try to keep your home cool

• Cover windows with drapes or shades.
• Weather-strip doors and windows.
• Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
• Add insulation to keep the heat out.
• Use a powered attic ventilator, or attic fan, to regulate the heat level of a building's attic by clearing hot air.
• Install window air conditioners and insulate around them.

Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness.
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What to do to Be Safe DURING Extreme Heat

Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
• Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
• If you're outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor what would be best.
• Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees. You could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort, but do not reduce body temperature.
• Avoid high-energy activities.
• Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.