Extreme Heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two to three days. In extreme heat, your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards. Older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals are at greater risk from extreme heat.
Tips on preparing for Extreme Heat:
- Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device (fans create airflow and a false sense of comfort but do not reduce body temperature or prevent heat-related illnesses).
- Identify places in your community where you can go to get cool such as libraries and shopping malls or contact your local health department to find a cooling center in your area.
- Cover windows with drapes or shades.
- Weather-strip doors and windows.
- Use window reflectors specifically designed to reflect heat back outside.
- If you are unable to afford your cooling costs, weatherization, or energy-related home repairs, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for help.
For more information on preparing for Extreme Heat, please visit Ready.gov.