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Respect Arizona’s Summer Heat


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Updated July 2023

Here are things you can do to lessen the impact of summer’s extreme heat:

  • Drink water, more than usual, and avoid dehydrating alcoholic, sugary, or caffeinated drinks.
  • Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing. Businesses might consider relaxing the dress code if appropriate.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • Monitor those with a higher vulnerability to heat, including small children.
  • Check on employees, family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly.
  • If engaging in outdoor activity, take longer and more frequent breaks and avoid the hottest parts of the day.
  • Provide complimentary bottled water for customers.
  • Recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

     Signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Cool, moist, pale skin
  • Headache, dizziness, weakness or exhaustion
  • Nausea

     Signs of heat stroke:

  • Vomiting, confusion, a throbbing headache
  • Decreased alertness or loss of consciousness
  • High body temperature (above 105 degrees)
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid, weak pulse and rapid, shallow breathing
  • Seizures


Pets need extra care as well during these extreme temps:

  • Limit exercise to early morning or evening hours
  • Walk your dog on the grass if possible
  • Carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating
  • Provide ample shade and water. Add ice to water when possible
  • Make some frozen treats for your pets. Find recipes online
  • If your pet likes water, hose her off, turn on the sprinklers, or let her play in a small play pool