Heat Safety

Hurricane season, especially the peak of hurricane season, occurs during the hottest months of the year. Because of that, you should take special care to remain as cool as possible if loss of power leaves you without an air conditioner.

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids throughout the day, but avoid those that contain caffeine, alcohol or a high sugar content, since they actually contribute to dehydration and make a heat-related illness worse.
  • Stay in a cool, well-ventilated area and limit your outdoor activities.
  • Don't forget your animals, and provide them plenty of fresh water.
  • If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, even with the engine running.
  • Check frequently on the elderly, young children and others at higher risk for heat-related illnesses.

Call 911 immediately if you or anyone in your home feels the following:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Extreme thirst
  • Confusion
  • Fainting or unconsciousness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Rapid shallow breathing
  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit)