To highlight the importance of staying safe during the summer and spread awareness about the challenges of extreme heat, Gov. Doug Ducey has proclaimed May 23-27 as Heat Awareness Week.
Although Arizonans are no strangers to the heat, extreme heat can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
In 2021, there were 2,873 heat-related emergency department visits and a record 552 deaths in Arizona.
Heat-related illness is preventable and you can take actions to prevent, recognize, and respond to heat-related illness. To stay healthy during the summer, follow these simple rules:
• Drink water.
• Dress for the heat.
• Eat small meals and eat more often.
• Monitor those friends and family at high risk.
• Slow down.
• Stay indoors, when possible.
• Take regular breaks when engaged in physical activity on warm days.
For more information about signs, symptoms and treatment for heat-related illnesses, visit www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/extreme-weather/heat-safety/index.php#heat-illness.
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