Extreme Heat

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat, often with high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening without proper precautions.

Stay safe in the heat

  • Prepare for a heat wave by checking to see if your home’s cooling system is working properly.
  • Make sure your home is well insulated and that you have weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.
  • Plan on being inside a cool building during the hottest time of the day.
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
  • Make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and limiting alcoholic drinks.
  • Dress in light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle for any amount of time

See more extreme heat safety tips from the Virginia Department of Health.

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