Heat and People without Air Conditioning

Key points

  • Prepare ahead of time for extreme heat this summer, especially if air conditioning is not available in your home.
  • Seek medical care immediately if you or someone else has symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

Stay safe during extreme heat

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Take steps to protect your health during extreme heat.

Stay cool, stay hydrated.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Follow additional tips on how to prevent heat-related illness.

Spend time in air-conditioned places.

  • 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.

Financial assistance‎

If you need financial assistance, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for help.

Learn how to spot heat-related illness.