Warm Weather Safety Information

Excessive high heat and humidity can cause heat exhaustion, heat cramps, or heat stroke.

At-Risk Age Groups

Infants and children under 4 and adults over 65 are more sensitive to high heat and humidity.

Safety Tips

If heat becomes unbearable, take the following steps:

  • Avoid direct exposure to the sun and wear sun screen and a hat
  • Avoid using heat producing appliances
  • Close shades and blinds on the side of the house facing the sun
  • Drink lots of water or natural fruit juices, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • If no air conditioning is available, keep windows open, use fans to circulate air, sleep on lowest level
  • Minimize outdoor physical activities until evening hours
  • Persons with serious health conditions should remain in an air conditioned building
  • Relocate to an air conditioned place (shopping mall or movie theater, friends or family home, Park District Center, Motel or Hotel)
  • Wear loose, light colored cotton clothing

Family, Neighbors & Pets

  • Do not leave children and pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • Check on family, neighbors, and friends. Offer them shelter if necessary.


Only call 911 for actual Fire and Police emergencies.