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How to Respond to Excessive Heat Events
Safety Tips for Parents
Even on mild days in the 70s, studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets and even adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. The effects are more severe on children because their bodies warm at a faster rate than adults. A dark dashboard or carseat can quickly reach temperatures in the range of 180°F to over 200°F. These objects heat the adjacent air by conduction and convection and also give off long wave radiation, which then heats the air trapped inside a vehicle. Follow these tips to ensure your child's safety.
If you are a public official, please download the Excessive Heat Event Guidebook for best practices during heat waves and for options that communities can use to develop their own mitigation plans. The Guidebook was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2006, in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Homeland Security. Municipal officials in both the U.S. and Canada provided vital information you can use to help the public cope with excessive heat. The Guidebook was designed to help community officials, emergency managers, meteorologists, and other officials plan for and respond to excessive heat events. The guidebook highlights best practices that have been employed to save lives during excessive heat events in different urban areas and provides a menu of options that officials can use to respond to these events in their communities.
Heat Safety for Outdoor Workers
Outdoor workers can be at a higher risk to the effects of excessive heat. See Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) resources and recommended practices when working under hot conditions.