Heat Safety

Living in sunny South Florida is seen as a benefit for many reasons. Beautiful beaches, plentiful palm trees, and sunny skies year-round have attracted a growing population to our state. In fact, it’s estimated that Florida's population will surpass 22 million by the end of 2022. Yet, along with millions of people enjoying year-round heat comes an increased risk of heat-related illness. Local EMTs indicate that heat-related illness emergencies have more than doubled over the past year. 

Heat Stroke vs Heat Exhaustion

Heat Stroke

  • Extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees)
  • Red, hot and dry skin with no sweat
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Dizziness, confusion or unconsciousness

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Fainting
  • Vomiting

Safety Tips

  • Stay in the shade or indoors during extreme heat
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Dark colors absorb the sun's rays
  • Never leave kids or pets in a closed car on a warm day
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Watch for heat exhaustion and heat stroke