• Slow down and avoid strenuous activities.
• Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect heat and
sunlight as well as help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a
• Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
• Stay indoors as much as possible.
• If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Electric
fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate sweat, which cools your body.
• Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air-conditioned schools,
libraries, theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities that may offer refuge
during the warmest times of the day.
• Cover windows that get morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or
louvers. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to
• Avoid too much sunshine. Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. If you are
outside, use sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.
• Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.
• Do not leave pets outside for extended periods. Make sure pets have plenty of
• Most importantly, check on family, friends and neighbors regularly.