Stay safe in the heat
Temperatures are on the rise and it’s important to stay hydrated and cool while you’re outdoors. It’s easy to do if you prepare and plan for your outdoor adventures. Buckeye’s Fire and Medical Rescue offers these important tips:
- Drink water. Even you’re inside more than outside.
- On average, we should be drinking two liters of water a day.
- If you plan to spend time outside, we should be drinking one to two liters of water for every hour we spend in the sun.
- Dress appropriately. Lightweight, light colored clothing reflects the sun away from your body. Wearing a hat and sunscreen is critical too.
- Exercise during the coolest part of the day, typically between 4 and 7 a.m.
- Take breaks, preferably in the shade.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.
Keeping your pets safe in the heat is also important.
- A fresh supply of water is critical for all animals.
- Make sure they have sufficient shade so they can get out of the sun, especially outdoor-only pets.
- Walk or exercise your pet in the cool morning hours or after the sun sets to prevent burning their paws .
Everyone is susceptible to heat-related illness, including outdoor workers, the homeless population and people under the age of four or over 65. Certain medications can also make you more vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.
Buckeye Fire and Medical Rescue reminds you that any heat-related illness may be serious or even deadly if unattended.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from the heat, please visit buckeyeaz.gov/residents/fire-medical-rescue-department