We know this summer will be different in many ways, but one thing that won’t change is the Arizona heat. During the week of May 25-29, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the National Weather Service Offices in Arizona will join together to raise awareness during the 2020 Arizona Heat Awareness Week.
The summer heat is here and with it comes triple-digit temperatures that last through September. The high temperatures increase the risk for heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In 2019, Arizona hospitals had 2,944 emergency department visits for heat-related cases. Even though heat-related deaths are preventable, more than 250 deaths have occurred annually in the past 3 years in our state.
Heat-related illness is preventable. To help protect yourself, your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers you can take actions to prevent, recognize, and treat a heat-related illness. Arizonans are no strangers to the heat. We realize that not one person, organization, or agency can tackle this hazard alone. Sometimes friends and family members may need assistance with issues such as having access to an air-conditioned space to cool off in during the hottest part of the day. With many people staying home this summer due to the current pandemic it is important to know about resources like the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This Program helps individuals with limited income pay their energy bills. If you must visit a cooling center remember to wear a cloth face covering and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 ft. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines on how these centers can operate safely during this time.
For additional information, please visit our Heat Safety Site which details ways to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.