In a normal year, about 175 Americans die of complications from overheating.
Young children, senior citizens and people who are sick or overweight are most vulnerable. Extreme heat conditions differ by region, but generally are feared when unusually hot and humid weather conditions last for several days.
Escape the Summer Heat
Protect yourself from the heat. Start by being informed about heat alerts, issued by the National Weather Service and publicized by local news media. When the weather gets hot, it’s important to stay cool by staying indoors in air-conditioned buildings.
To assist in escaping the heat, a link to Hennepin County's mobile mapping application shows cool options throughout Hennepin County including locations to Salvation Army buildings, libraries, recreation centers, movie theaters, and shopping malls. See this link for helpful instructions.
This map provides some options for places that can provide relief from the heat. For more information about the warning signs of heat exposure, visit the CDC website.
Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death.
To download heat related brochures and posters, visit The CDC Extreme Heat Website
Signs of Heat Sickness
Seek medical care immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat sickness.
Beat the Heat!
What about Pets?
Heat Stress: What Workers Need to Know
Many different types of workers are at risk for heat stress and the risks that come with the heat. Some of those risks are things you might not have thought of - like the risk of injury from sweaty palms or fogged up safety glasses.
You may have heard of others, like heat stroke and heat exhaustion, but do you know how to recognize the signs and what to do?
If you need a refresher on staying safe while working in the heat, take a few minutes to brush up: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/
Who Needs Special Care?
Anyone 65 years or older, people living with chronic medical conditions, children, the homeless, outdoor workers, and athletes are most at-risk to heat sickness. During episodes of extreme heat, remember to check on your neighbors!
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Last updated Jul 22, 2016