Infographic: Beat the Heat
Beat the Heat: Extreme Heat
Heat related deaths are preventable
- Extreme heat or heat waves occur when the temperature reaches extremely high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive.
- Older adults
- Outside workers
- People with disabilities
- More males than females are affected
- Houses with little to no AC
- Construction worksites
HOW TO AVOID:
- Stay hydrated with water, avoid sugary beverages
- Stay cool in an air conditioned area
- Wear light-weight, light colored, loose fitting clothes
During extreme heat the temperature in your car could be deadly.
- Outside Temperature 80°
- Inside: 109°
- Time Elapsed: 20 minutes
- Inside: 118°
- Time Elapsed: 40 minutes
- Inside: 123°
- Time Elapsed: 60 minutes
- Inside: 109°
HEAT ALERTS: Know the difference.
- HEAT OUTLOOK (Minor): Excessive heat event in 3 to 7 days
- HEAT WATCHES: Excessive heat event in 12 to 48 hours
- HEAT WARNING/ADVISORY (Major): Excessive heat event in next 36 hours
DID YOU KNOW?
- Those living in urban areas may be at a greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas.
- Most heat-related illnesses occur because of overexposure to heat or over-exercising.
- Sunburn can significantly slow the skin’s ability to release excess heat.
- 658 people died in the US as a result of extreme heat in 2011.
- $30 BILLION estimated total cost of the 2012 US drought and heatwave.
For more information on ways to beatthe heat please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/
Page last reviewed: July 20, 2017
Content source: Center for Preparedness and Response