While the desert climate is ideal for active lifestyles, with 300 days of sunshine per year and a healthy mean temperature of 66 degrees, there are summer days where the temperature exceeds 115 degrees. It is important to note the dangers of this extreme heat we often experience.
What are some tips for protecting yourself during extreme heat?
- Monitor weather conditions
- Slow down
- Stay indoors as much as possible
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear a hat and light-weight clothing
- Wear sunscreen
- Never walk barefoot on pavement especially blacktop as this may cause 2nd and 3rd degree burns on your feet. Always wear shoes in these areas shoes in these areas to prevent injury.
What are some vehicle tips?
When the temperature outside is 115 degrees, the temperature within a vehicle can reach upwards of 165 degrees. Therefore, it's a good idea not to leave anything in your car that is perishable, could melt or be damaged by intense heat. Examples of items to remove from your car are:
- Children - never leave a child alone in a car.
- Pets - who can die.
- Cans of soda, which may explode in this heat.
- Electronic devices such as cellular phones, laptops, personal digital assistants - the heat may cause these devices to fail.
- Other things to avoid leaving in the car include crayons and lipstick/lip balm; both get messy when melted.
How can I get more information on extreme heat?