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Extreme Heat: Keep cool in your community

July 08, 2024

For many people, warm weather is a time for fun-filled outdoor activities. However, hot weather and outdoor activities don’t always mix well, especially during periods of extreme heat. Extreme heat can cause people to suffer from heat-related illness, and even death. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves.

Cooling Centers

The NYS Department of Health has published a list of cooling stations that you can go to:  health.ny.gov/environmental/weather/cooling.

Protect yourself from the dangers of extreme heat

UHS is encouraging the following precautions in response to the hot weather conditions in our area this week:

  • Avoid strenuous activity in hot or humid weather.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat and light-colored clothing in the summer.
  • Take time to get used to a new climate before being very active or staying in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water whenever you spend a lot of time in the sun or in a hot environment.
  • Be aware of how your body reacts to intense sun and high temperatures, and plan accordingly.
  • Stay out of the hot sun, limit exposure, and wear a hat if working in intense sun.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in hot weather.
  • Drink extra water when you sweat, even if you aren't thirsty.
  • Open windows, or use a fan or air conditioner to improve air circulation.
  • Limit food intake to small meals, and limit alcohol intake and activity when it is very hot or when you're not used to a hot climate.

If you think someone has heatstroke, call 911 or a doctor immediately. In the meantime, give first aid as follows:

  • Move the person to a shady area.
  • Remove the person's clothing.
  • Cover the person with a wet sheet, and keep the sheet wet for cooling from evaporation.
  • Fan the person with paper or an electric fan (preferably not cold air).
  • Sponge down the body, especially the head, with cool water. 
  • Continue first aid until the rectal temperature drops to 101 degrees F, or until the body feels cool to the touch.
  • If the person is conscious, let them sip water, fruit juice, or a soft drink.

To learn more about avoiding the dangers of extreme heat, click here.