Staying Safe in the Extreme Heat

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.

View the Heat Relief Map


Stay Safe


You can take simple actions to stay safe in the heat:

  • Stay indoors with air conditioning as much as possible.
  • Carry around water with you and drink BEFORE you feel thirsty.
  • Check your car - NEVER leave children or pets in the car.


Watch for Signs


People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs.

Heat stroke is the most serious and dangerous heat-related illness that could lead to death.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that could lead to heat stroke if left untreated.


Get Assistance


Various local agencies and companies offer assistance programs to help Arizonans with their energy and utility bills.

Seniors can find bilingual help with housing, transportation, long-term care, home-delivered meals and more.


Learn More

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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