5 Tips for Heat Wave Safety

Protect Those Most at Risk

Heat-related illness can affect anyone, but some people are particularly at risk. If you live with or know people who fit into any of these categories, check on them frequently during hot days, and make sure they're staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous exercise, dressing for the weather and finding the best accommodations possible:

  • young children
  • people living alone
  • the elderly
  • outdoor laborers
  • the chronically ill
  • those without air conditioning in their homes
  • pets

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  • CDC. "Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness" 7/31/09. 7/26/10.http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.asp
  • FCIC. "Summer Health Dangers." 6/1/01. 7/26/10.http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cfocus/cfjune2001/focus.htm
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