Extreme heat and humidity may be life-threatening. The elderly, very young, pregnant, those with chronic health conditions or disabilities, and people without air conditioning are most at risk. Outdoor exposure or strenuous activity may quickly result in heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following preparedness tips:
- Consume extra water throughout the day.
- Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
- Those without air conditioning should consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls and other community facilities.
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
- Avoid any physical exertion when outside in the heat.
- Check on family members, especially those with special needs and the elderly.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Symptoms of heat illness include heavy sweating, dizziness, headache, nausea, irritability, and a fast heartbeat.
- Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and apply sunscreen.
The Jamat should monitor local media for weather updates and information on cooling centers where individuals can go if they do not have access to air conditioning.