Beat the Heat
Too much heat can make you sick, lead to serious health problems, or even death. Heat-related illness is preventable.
Watch for symptoms of heat related illnesses, including:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Rapid breathing and heartbeat
- Extreme thirst
If you experience these symptoms move to a cool place and drink water. See your doctor if the symptoms continue.
Heat Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911. While waiting for emergency services to arrive, help the affected person by:
- Moving them to a cooler location, if you can
- Applying cold water to large area of skin or clothing
- Fanning them
In summer, apartments can get hotter, and stay hotter longer, than the air outside. Make a plan to keep your home cool:
- Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day
- Make meals that don’t use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning
- Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use
- Use fans properly:
- Place fans in or next to a window to bring in the cooler air from outside
- Place a bowl of ice in front of fans to cool air
- Do not use fans when the temperature in a room is 34 degrees Celsius or higher. This is especially a concern for older adults and people taking certain medications since their ability to sweat is decreased. A large block of ice can be placed in front of the fan to cool the air.
- Talk to your landlord about providing a cool common area for residents without air conditioning