Summer Heat Safety
Burton Barr Cooling Station Temporary Closure
The temporary closure of Burton Barr Library due to storm damage has also closed the “We’re Cool” hydration and cooling station.
When it’s above 100° it’s important to: Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay informed. The Phoenix Metro area will experience hot temperatures with high to very high heat risk. Heat-related illness will be possible for those sensitive to the heat such as the elderly and homeless, individuals spending time outdoors, and those without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration.
Practice Heat Safety Wherever you are
Heat-related illness and deaths are preventable. Review these tips to stay safe during extreme heat!
Do you know what triggers an excessive heat warning? An Excessive Heat Warning is issued by the National Weather Service when there is a High or Very High Heat Risk. During periods of excessive heat, it’s best to remain indoors. Should you find yourself outside in the elements, here’s how to protect yourself:
When possible, utilize indoor facilities that accommodate physical activity
Plan outdoor activities for the coolest times of the day
Limit and reduce duration of outdoor activity
Take frequent breaks
Provide drinking water before, during, and after the activity
Drink more water than usual. Avoid drinks with sugar, alcohol and caffeine
Pace physical activity
Plan for cool-down recovery time in the shade if possible following an outdoor activity
Wear light-colored clothing, wide-brimmed hats
If you are outdoors, know the signs of heat exhaustion. Are you feeling faint or dizzy? Are you pale or is your skin clammy? See the warning signs below.
Things to know!
During the summer, staying hydrated and cool is vital!
The “We’re Cool” campaign offers free bottles of water and indoor locations to cool off. Download a map of locations (PDF) that are BOTH hydration stations and cooling refuge locations for anyone needing to get out of the heat.
When the forecast hits the triple-digit, City of Phoenix Rangers advise not hiking during these weather conditions and ask that always follow these life-saving Take a Hike. Do it Right (PDF) safety guidelines.
Beat the Heat
Heat affects everyone differently. In order to better address heat risk and allow you to prepare for upcoming heat events, the NWS has developed the experimental HeatRisk forecast. The NWS HeatRisk forecast provides a quick view of heat risk potential over the upcoming seven days.
Want to help?
Small donations of water can be delivered to one of the following Human Services Department Senior or Family Services Centers between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Large donations of water or a tax-deductible cash donation can be coordinated by contacting the City of Phoenix Human Services Department at 602-534-0543.
In addition to the “We’re Cool” cooling locations, there are designated water locations around the Valley, where you can get a FREE bottle of water to stay hydrated. Phoenix Parks and Recreation Centers, Senior Centers and other city buildings. Download a full list of water hydration locations (PDF).
Never leave kids in a parked car!
Never leave your child in a parked car …. not even for a minute. Phoenix Children’s Hospital says temperatures can reach between 131 and 172 degrees inside a parked car within 15 minutes. They also recommend when out with your kids to make sure they drink 16 ounces of water every four hours. Learn more summer safety tips.
Keep Pets Safe!
Hot dog laying on ice
We want to help keep pets safe and cool this summer. Did you know that dogs are prohibited on ALL city hiking trails when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer? Learn how to spot signs of heat illness in you pets from the Humane Society (PDF)
Stay in the shade!
Phoenix has a Tree and Shade Master Plan that strives to create a healthier, more livable and prosperous Phoenix through the strategic investment in care and maintenance of urban forest and engineered shade.
Cars in unshaded parking lot
Do you know what Phoenix Walkable Urban (WU) Code entails? The Phoenix City Council approved code focuses on urban development around the light rail by adding pedestrian shade and architectural embellishments to make the area more walkable and pedestrian-friendly.
Are you a renter that is having problems with your AC?
Phoenix adopted a Cooling Ordinance which included a minimum temperature for cooling and ventilation in rental units. Rental units need to safely cool all habitable rooms to a temperature of no greater than 86 degrees if cooled by evaporative cooling; and no greater than 82 degrees if cooled by air conditioning.
Phoenix’s Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) investigates complaints and also has the Landlord/Tenant Counseling division to help renters learn their rights. Reach NSD at 602-534-4444.
Maricopa County: Surviving Arizona’s Extreme Heat website
Arizona Dept. of Health Services: Heat Safety – Heat-Related Illness
National Weather Service: Heat Safety Information and Resources website
CDC: Extreme Heat
For an interactive hydration and cooling map for Valley wide locations visit, Maricopa Association of Governments Heat Relief.
Visit Summer Safety to learn about Summer Fun, how to be Heat Ready, and to learn more about Monsoon Weather Phoenix.gov/Summer