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
  • Headache
  • 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