Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90 degrees for at least two to three days. In extreme heat your body works extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which can lead to death. Extreme heat is responsible for the highest number of annual deaths among all weather-related hazards.

Some helpful tips to prepare for extreme heat in your area:

1.     Do not rely solely on fans as a primary cooling device. While fans create air flow - they do not reduce your body temperature or prevent illness.

2.     Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Warning signs include but are not limited to heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, fast or weak pulse, dizziness, headache, nausea, or vomiting. 

3.     Remember pet safety. If they are outside, make sure they have plenty of cool water and access to comfortable shade. Asphalt and dark pavement can be very hot to your pet’s feet.

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