Extreme Heat

In the event of extreme heat:

  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car on a warm day. LOOK before you LOCK.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid or reduce high-energy activities or work outdoors during midday heat, if possible. When feasible reschedule these activities to the coolest time of the day.
  • Spend time in air-conditioned spaces. Consider going to a cool building if you do not have air conditioning (example – common areas, dining areas, libraries).
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • If you are outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  • Watch for signs of heat stroke and exhaustion.

The signs of HEAT-STROKE:

  • Throbbing headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea or unconsciousness
  • High body temperature (103 degrees F or above)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Rapid, strong pulse

Call 9-1-1. Cool the person down. Do not give the person anything to drink.

The signs of HEAT EXHAUSION:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting

Seek medical attention if the person vomits, if the symptoms worsen or last for more than one hour.


UF Department of Emergency Management (UFDEM)


NWS – Heat Safety Tips and Resources

Ready.gov – Extreme Heat

Version Date: February 2024