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