It is estimated that a large percentage of deaths during extreme heat events are by people experiencing homelessness, so it is important to do what we can to protect each other.
Follow these tips to help you become heat ready and reduce health risks:
Know the Signs of Heat-Illness.
Heat exhaustion signs include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, and headaches. Heat stroke signs include a fever of 103 degrees F or higher, confusion, rapid heartbeat, and loss of consciousness. Call 911 or seek medical attention immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing heat stroke.
Sip water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it when able.
Wear Light-Colored, Loose-Fitting Clothing.
Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight and helps keep you cool, while loose-fitting clothing allows for air circulation.
Seek out shaded areas, such as parks, trees, or covered porches. Consider setting up a canopy or umbrella to create your own shade. Especially during the hottest part of the day, avoid direct sunlight.