Tempe is sending out an SOS of information to keep you summer safe in the extreme heat. In our weather, you need to take precautions and know what to do in emergency situations.
The most important thing to remember is that If you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency such as a drowning or heat stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately after moving to safety.
Know the ABCs of water safety can help prevent an emergency and help keep your family safe around pools
- Adult Supervision: Watch children at all times while they are swimming or around any body of water. A child or infant can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
- Barriers: Don’t let kids can gain access to pools - secure doggie doors, open gates, open fences and any other way they can gain access to water. Keep doors and fences locked and in good repair.
- Classes: Learn what to do if a drowning should occur by taking CPR and first aid classes. And make sure you and your kids know how to swim.
Every year we hear the devastating stories of children and pets left in hot cars. Minutes matter even in seemingly cooler temperatures. It can take only 10 minutes for a car to increase by 20 degrees. For example, if the outdoor temperature is 72 degrees, inside a car it can become 92 degrees.
- Be mindful of children and pets in vehicles.
- Don’t make your car a playground so that kids are not tempted to go inside on their own.
- So you don’t forget your child or pet is in the back seat, when entering your car place an essential item in the back seat such as a cell phone, wallet or purse. You’ll be sure to check the back seat before you exit the car.
- When getting out of your car, double check the back seats, lock your vehicle and place the keys out of the reach of children.
Hydration – drink plenty of water
- Drink plenty of water during the day and at night.
- Do your outdoor activities as early as possible and when done, drink water to rehydrate.
- If you are out on a hike, run or other activity, turn around and go back before your water is half gone.
Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion
Learn to detect the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. If you or someone else is experiencing a heat-related illness, get the appropriate care immediately.
If you or someone else is experiencing one of these conditions, then immediately take action. Stop the activity, get to a cooler place - preferably shade or indoors - and drink water. Call 9-1-1.
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Throbbing headache
- Lack of sweating despite the heat
- Muscle weakness or cramps
- Red, hot, and dry skin
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak
- Rapid, shallow breathing
If you or someone else is experiencing one of these conditions, then immediately take action. Stop the activity, get to a cooler place - preferably shade or indoors - and drink water. Call 9-1-1 if these conditions persist.
- Cool, moist skin with goose bumps while in the heat
- Fatigue Weak, rapid pulse
- Heavy sweating
- Low blood pressure upon standing
- Muscle cramps
Tempe has a number of hydration stations where a person get get water via a water fountain or, if available, bottled water. There are also some cooling centers to seek relief - buildings in which a person can seek relief from the heat for a period of time. Check our Heat Relief page for more information.
People Experiencing Homelessness
Many people experiencing homelessness spend much of their time outdoors. The hot weather is a challenge to their health and their comfort. Because access to water is so important, hydration stations are set up in various locations around Tempe and the Valley.
Outdoor Activities (including walking)
Many people walk all or part of the way to their destination and it is difficult to avoid the heat. If you travel on foot, take care of yourself with the help of these tips.
- Avoid the hottest time of the time if possible. Peak heat time is usually 3 p.m.
- Carry water and drink it regularly.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. Wearing loose long sleeve shirts and pants can help protect from sun damage.
- Wear a hat.
- Use an umbrella to create personal shade.
- Wear sun screen.
- If outdoors, take a break someplace shaded or in a cooled building.
Tempe encourages residents to be prepared for potential flooding. In the case of severe weather, the monsoon web page will be updated with tips and information. If you've experienced storm damage, please report it to Tempe 311 by calling 480-350-4311, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting tempe.gov/311.
Bike and Scooter Safety
Without access to a car, or when using public transit, getting to a destination can involve traveling a distance in the heat. Useful alternatives include bicycles and scooters which can cover the distance much faster than on foot. Follow the rules to help you stay safe.
Climate Action Plan
What can a city do to help make the summer heat more bearable? The City of Tempe is creating a climate action plan through a public process, which has identified twelve actions to move forward on energy, transportation and extreme heat.