Heat waves and intense summer heat can be very dangerous if you are unprepared. Extreme summer heat and heat waves put people at risk for heat-related illness. Know the signs—and what to do in case of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. If your region experiences frequent heat waves, you may be also facing drought.

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The CDC states that air conditioning is the “number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.” If extreme heat is predicted, stock up on bottled water, first aid supplies, and check your AC or cooling system to make sure it is in good working order. Also, inspect HVAC units to ensure that they are working efficiently.


During heat waves or extreme summer heat, try to keep cool and increase your nonalcholic fluid intake. Heat waves can trigger blackouts and power outages as energy usage increases. Set central air conditioning units and thermostats at 78 degrees to conserve energy and provide residents, guests, and staff plenty of drinking water.


A major heat wave or extended summer heat can affect your plants, grass, and landscaping. It's a good idea to walk your grounds and take time to water and clear debris to see if conditions are dry. Also, check for fungal growth in humid, moist heat.