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Posted by Transylvania County on July 15, 2019

Summer is here! Take a minute to read these tips to help you, your family, and neighbors stay cool and safe:


  1. Never leave a child, adult, or animal alone inside a vehicle on a warm day.
  2. Find places with air conditioning. Libraries, shopping malls, and community centers can provide a cool place to take a break from the heat.
  3. If you’re outside, find shade. Wear a hat wide enough to protect your face.
  4. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  5. Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. If you or someone you care for is on a special diet, ask a doctor how best to accommodate it.
  6. Do not use electric fans when the temperature outside is more than 95 degrees, as this could increase the risk of heat-related illness. Fans create air flow and a false sense of comfort but do not reduce body temperature.
  7. Avoid high-energy activities.
  8. Check yourself, family members, and neighbors for signs of heat-related illness.
  9. Check on your pets-bring them inside and provide them with plenty of cool water
  10. Know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
  11. Remember it’s especially important to check on your neighbors who may be at high risk for heat-related illnesses. These include infants and young children, those 65 years of age or older, people who are overweight, and folks who are physically ill.