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Respect Arizona’s Summer Heat
Updated June 2022
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
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
DON’T FORGET FIDO
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