Take precautions against this week’s excessive heat

Author: Tracy Skibins, Emergency Management


Today and tomorrow’s high temperatures are expected to be near 100 degrees. Coupled with high humidity, it will feel even warmer than that, and the evenings will not cool off much. 

Exposure to extreme heat can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke — a potentially life-threatening condition. Most of these heat disorders result when you are overexposed to hot weather or you have exercised more than is ideal for your age and physical condition. To mitigate these risks:

  • Know your limits. If extreme heat is in the forecast, limit your exercise and time in the sun, and take plenty of breaks if you work outdoors.
  • If you have air conditioning in your home, use it; if not, stay on the lowest floor of your residence.
  • If you do go outside, wear sunscreen.
  • Drink plenty of water and limit alcoholic beverages. 
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals. 
  • Know the warning signs and symptoms of heat stroke and dial 911 if you experience them:
    • High body temperature (105 degrees or higher)
    • Hot, red, dry skin
    • Rapid, weak pulse
    • Rapid, shallow breathing
    • Probably not sweating
    • Possible unconsciousness
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. 

Here are some additional resources:
Heat safety brochure
Be prepared for extreme heat

For additional emergency preparedness information, please visit emergency.nd.edu.

Originally published by Tracy Skibins, Emergency Management at ndworks.nd.edu on June 14, 2022.