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High temperatures kill. On average, heat emergencies produce the greatest number of fatalities of any weather event in the United States. Each year, extreme heat kills more people in the U.S. than hurricanes, floods, and tornados combined. Extreme heat affects everyone and impacts all communities, however folks who spend more outside are at greater risk.

Summer 2024 Cooling Resource Guide

Staying cool, hot tips!

  • STAY HYDRATED Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid drinking alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks.
  • FIND SHADE + COOL AREAS Seek shaded spots or air-conditioned public places during peak heat. Limit time in direct sunlight.
  • WEAR LIGHT CLOTHING Opt for lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothes. Change clothing if damp or wet
  • TREAT YOUR SKIN Use sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. Keep a damp rag or bandana to wipe your face or neck. Take cool showers.
  • EAT LIGHT Have smaller, frequent meals and avoid heavy foods.
  • CHECK ON OTHERS Especially older adults, those with health conditions or disabilities and those using substances.
  • CONSIDER PET SAFETY Make sure pets have plenty of cool water and access to shade. Asphalt and pavement can very hot for their feet.

Be Alert to Heat Illness Symptoms

  • HEAT STROKE Dry, hot skin, no sweating, high temperature, rapid pulse, chills, confusion, slurred speech. If you suspect heat stroke, get the person medical care immediately. Cool down with whatever methods are available. Do not give them anything to drink.
  • HEAT EXHAUSTION Excessive sweating, weakness, dizziness, clammy skin, muscle cramps, flushed skin.
  • HEAT CRAMPS Muscle pain and spasms, usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs. If you suspect heat cramps or heat exhaustion, go to a cooler a location, remove extra clothing, and take sips of water or sports drink.
  • HEAT RASH Red pimples or small blisters, often on the neck, chest, groin, under breasts, and elbow creases.

Health Services

Terry Reilly Health Services

General Clinical Services

300 S 23RD St | 208-318-1326

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 8AM-6PM (closed 1-2PM)

Psychiatric Medication Management Walk-In

HOURS: Wed, 2-4PM, Fri, 1-5PM

Terry Reilly Health Services

848 La Cassia Dr | 208-344-0086

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 8AM-5PM (Closed 12-1PM)

Full Circle Idaho

325 W Idaho St | 208-514-2525

HOURS: Mon-Fri, 8AM-5PM

Genesis Community Clinic

215 W 35TH St, Garden City | 208-384-5200

HOURS: Mon, Fri, 8AM-5PM, Tues, Thur, 8AM-7:30PM

St Luke’s Emergency Services

190 E Bannock St, Boise, ID 83712 | 208-381-2222

Saint Alphonsus Emergency Services

1055 N Curtis Rd, Boise, ID 83706 | 208-367-3221