The Dangers of Heat
According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, there have been more than 1,500 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County since 2001.
Sun poisoning or Sun burn
These can be a lot more serious that people realize. People may be dehydrated and not know how much fluid they need to replenish. Second and third-degree burns can result from over exposure to sun, and to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply every two hours.
If you do burn, avoid products labeled 'aloe vera gel' because many do not contain aloe vera and are actually petroleum products that keep heat in.
Symptoms include painful, involuntary muscle spasms from heavy exercise or strenuous physical activity in the heat. To remedy, drink juice or sports drink to replenish fluids and electrolytes.
This is the second most serious problem associated with over exposure to heat. Symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid pulse, faintness, dizziness, and exhaustion is caused by exposure to high heat and strenuous physical activity.
To treat: rest in a cool place, rehydrate with cool water or sports drinks, cool down with a cool shower or cool, wet towels.
Heatstroke is the most serious problem of exposure to heat and can be life threatening.
Symptoms include high body temperature, altered mental state, nausea, vomiting, caused by exposure to a hot environment and strenuous activity. In instances of heatstroke, seek immediate medical help. Medical personnel will try to lower a person's body temperature as quickly as possible through immersion in cold water, cooling blankets or ice packs.
People make poor choices because they don't feel too hot.
Drink eight to 12 glasses of water per day and to increase that by three glasses for every five degrees the temperature is above 100 degrees.
Sodas and alcohol do not keep the body hydrated, so they should be avoided.
Extreme Heat Relief Available Now
How can I help?
1. Give online to help support The Salvation Army's life-saving heat relief efforts.
2. Donate cases of water (preferably standard 16.9 ounce bottles) at any of our heat relief stations.
3. Volunteer at a heat relief station by contacting your local Salvation Army location or by calling 602-267-4100.
4. Check in on neighbors that might be at risk of dehydration or heat-related health issues.
Emergency Heat Relief Stations
In response to an Excessive Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services activates heat relief stations throughout the Valley of the Sun, where anyone in need can go for cooling and hydration.
Our heat relief stations will follow all recommended CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of those who depend on The Salvation Army’s programs and services, along with the safety of our officers, staff and volunteers.
Most of our heat relief stations are now dog-friendly, so you and your leashed pooch can both come inside to take respite from the elements.
Additionally, a mobile hydration unit is dispatched to target additional portions of metro Phoenix, to serve as many people as possible.
As long as an Excessive Heat Warning is in effect, the following heat relief stations will provide cooling and hydration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily:
Apache Junction – Apache Junction Corps, 605 E. Broadway Ave.
Avondale – Estrella Mountain Corps, 11 N. Third Ave.
Chandler – Chandler Corps, 85 E. Saragosa St.
Glendale Corps, 6010 W. Northern Ave.
Mesa – Mesa Corps, 241 E. Sixth St.
Phoenix Citadel Corps, 628 N. Third Ave.
Phoenix Maryvale Corps, 4318 W. Clarendon Ave.
The Salvation Army Phoenix Family Services Office, 2707 E. Van Buren St., Bldg. 2
Surprise – Sun Cities West Valley Corps, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.
Tempe – Tempe Corps, 40 E. University Drive