Heat and the Low Income

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Prepare ahead of time for extreme heat this summer, especially if air conditioning is not available in your home.

Stay cool, stay hydrated

  • If available, use air conditioning to keep your home cool.
  • Drink more water than usual, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Use a buddy system- check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for you.
  • Follow additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.

If air conditioning is not available in your home:

  • Contact Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)external icon for help.
  • Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Spend some time at a shopping mall or public library- even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Don’t rely solely on fans to keep you cool. While electric fans might provide some comfort, when temperatures are really hot, they won’t prevent heat-related illness.
  • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.

Learn how to spot heat-related illness

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