The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership coordinated by the United Way of Pinal County in partnership with municipalities, local government, the faith-based community, local businesses, and others. This is the first year of this coordinated countywide mapping system, which is patterned after the Maricopa Association of Government’s successful effort. The Heat Relief Network provides information on hydration stations, refuge locations, and water donation sites throughout Pinal County with the goal of preventing heat-related and heat caused deaths among people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.
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Bringing the heat
The summer heat always comes too early for Arizona residents. With temperatures reaching 100+ degrees as early as late April it can be quite a shock. One day the doors and windows are open, the next the A/C is blasting.
In Arizona, heat-related illness accounts for an average of 2,000 hospital visits and 118 deaths per year. 6 people in 2017 died in Pinal County due to a heat-related illness.
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What you can do to help:
- Donations of snacks, sun protection aids like hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, light-weight clothing, and bottled water are needed.
- Educate your friends and neighbors about the dangers of extreme heat.
- Have water bottles available in your car for emergencies.
- Follow the tips below to avoid heat-related illness.
Tips to avoid heat-related illness:
- Increase fluid intake regardless of activity level. Staying hydrated is extremely important.
- Limit exercise or outdoor activity between the hours of 11am and 3pm.
- When outdoors, wear a sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 and re-apply often. Wear a hat, lightweight clothing and sunglasses.
- Rest frequently in shady or cool areas to give the body's temperature a chance to recover and cool down.
- Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
- Respectfully check on elderly neighbors to make sure their air conditioning is working and in use. Take advantage of free air-conditioning by visiting locations like shopping malls, the library or other heat refuge locations provided on the map.
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For more information please contact Braden Biggs with the United Way of Pinal County at 520-836-0736 or via email at email@example.com