An excessive heat warning has been issued this week, with temps climbing up to 113!!!!
The AZ heat is a lot more than a nuisance – it’s lethal. Our latest report on heat shows that about 1,400 Arizonans get a heat related illness so serious they end up in a hospital emergency room – hundreds of them are admitted because they are so sick. And dozens die every year.
Fortunately there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family. Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed is the mantra – whenever you can, avoid the heat of the day. Go into an air conditioned place and cool off if you have to be outside. Drink lots of water – if you’re indoors all day, you should be drinking about 2 liters of water. When you’re outside, try to drink 1-2 liters. And stay informed – a good place to do that is our extreme heat website. You can also sign up for heat alerts from our program to warn you about dangerous heat.
The good news is that preventing heat related illness is easy to do if you just use common sense. You can learn how to Protect yourself from heat with some resources on our website including our Heat Brochure [252k PDF] and our Heat Emergency Response Plan [135K PDF] .