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Extreme Heat

Princeton can experience extremely hot temperatures during the summer months. Extended time in hot environments can lead to various types of heat stress, such as heat exhaustion and the life-threatening condition of heat stroke.  It is important to note that conditions must be extreme to be considered a threat to health and safety. Temporary lack of air conditioning is not considered a safety condition.

How to Prepare

  • Stay aware of weather forecast and the predicted heat, humidity and air quality forecast for the day. For some resources on local Princeton weather, click here.
  • Learn how to recognize the signs of heat-related illness. This CDC web page explains the various types of heat-related disorders and their signs and symptoms.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water on hand to avoid dehydration. Drink small amounts throughout the day, rather than large quantities farther apart.
  • Know the types of medications you are taking and how they might affect your ability to work in extreme heat conditions.
  • Acclimate yourself to the heat if possible by exposing yourself to increasing time periods each day.

What to Do

  • Organize workloads to take advantage of the coolest time periods of the day.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light colored, loose-fitting clothing.

For more information

The National Weather Service's Heat Wave, A Major Summer Killer

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Extreme Heat Emergency Preparedness Page

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