Staying Safe in the Extreme Heat
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You can follow some simple tips to avoid a heat-related illness. Drinking plenty of water and using sunscreen is a great start. But there’s so much more to keeping yourself, family and pets safe in the extreme Arizona heat. Keep reading for resources and tips.
Cooling Centers: Seek shelter
Emergency Cooling Centers and water distribution areas are established throughout Maricopa County during the summer from May 1 - Septmeber 30 and extreme heat events for those who do not have access to indoor cool environments.
Cooling centers can be community centers, churches, and other community-based organizations that provide water and serve as a safe, cool indoor place during the day for refuge from the heat. Please visit the Heat Relief Regional Network to view the interactive directory of heat relief locations and download if needed.
Donation sites accept water and other supplies in need.
The Heat Relief map will return next season starting May 1, 2024.
Help Others in Need
A group of Good Samaritans stopped their cars and took time out of their day to help rescue an individual in distress from the extreme heat in July 2023. This person was 71 years old and having trouble speaking and walking. Glendale and Phoenix EMS were called in to help and arrived within minutes. The woman’s temperature was a dangerous 103 degrees when EMS arrived. This story is an example of how we can all look out for one another during our summers of excessive heat.
In this video, one of our Epidemiologists, Aaron Gettel, describes the dangers of heat, who is most at risk, how to stay safe and what signs to watch out for when it comes to heat-related illnesses like heat stroke.
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