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Protect the people in your care.



Protect the people in your care.

Extremely hot weather can cause serious health effects such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke which may lead to death. Heat is especially dangerous for the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions. They are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can intensify the effects of extreme heat. Extremely hot weather can also worsen existing chronic medical conditions.

Help those dependent on your care to stay cool, hydrated, and informed by encouraging them to:

Seek medical care immediately if you have or someone you know has symptoms of heat illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Contact the local health department or click here [link to heat “city page” or health dept. home page] to locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Don’t use the stove or oven to cook — it will make them and their house hotter.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor, and have someone do the same for them.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates regularly.
  • Page last reviewed: June 20, 2011
  • Page last updated: June 20, 2011
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