The Final Report for Heat-Related Deaths in Maricopa County in 2021 is now available. View the report on the Heat Reports page.
You can follow some simple tips to avoid a heat-related illness. Drinking plenty of water and using sunscreen is a great start. But there’s so much more to keeping yourself, family and pets safe in the extreme Arizona heat. Keep reading for resources and tips.
Cooling Centers: Seek shelter
Emergency Cooling Centers and water distribution areas have been established throughout Maricopa County during the summer and extreme heat events for those who do not have access to indoor cool environments.
Cooling centers can be community centers, churches, and other community-based organizations that provide water and serve as a safe, cool indoor place during the day for refuge from the heat. Please visit the Heat Relief Regional Network to view the interactive directory of heat relief locations and download if needed.
Donation sites accept water and other supplies in need.
In this Heat Safety video, one of our Epidemiologists, Aaron Gettel, describes the dangers of heat, who is most at risk, how to stay safe and what signs to watch out for when it comes to heat-related illnesses like heat stroke.
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