The City of Austin hopes you live summer, safely. Do your part to stay safe in the heat and in the water, and to help your loved ones stay safe too!
Heat Safety Tips
- Look before you lock - Ensure children and pets are not left in hot, unattended vehicles
- Stay hydrated - Drink more water than usual and avoid sugary, caffeinated beverages
- Dress for the weather - Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
- Protect your skin - Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15
- Stay out of the sun when possible - Find shade and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors
- Work and play safely - Avoid high-energy activities and exercise during extreme heat, especially during the afternoon
- Protect your pets - Provide your pets with plenty of water and shade
- Check in on elderly family members, friends and neighbors - Make sure they have access to air conditioners and/or fans and clean water for hydration
Heat can be dangerous when you least expect it. Watch for signs of heat illness when you are working or playing outside.
|Signs: Throbbing headache; no sweating; red, hot, dry, skin; nausea or vomiting; rapid strong pulse, dizziness, confusion, unconsciousness; body temp 103˚or higher||Signs: Faint or dizzy; excessive sweating; cool, pale, clammy skin; nausea or vomiting; rapid, weak pulse, muscle cramps; heavy sweating, tiredness or weakness; headache; fainting||Signs: Heavy sweating during intense exercise; muscle pains or spasms in the stomach, arms or legs|
|Actions: Call 9-1-1.Take immediate action to cool the person until help arrives.||Actions: Move the person to a cooler location to sip water if fully conscious, loosen clothing, take a cool bath/shower or use cold compresses. If symptoms last longer than one hour or worsen, call 9-1-1.||Actions: Stop physical activity; drink water; wait for cramps to go away before you do any more physical activity; move to a cooler location. If cramps last longer than one hour, the person is on a low-sodium diet and/or the person has heart problems, call 9-1-1.|
Infants, children, older adults, outdoor workers, athletes and people with chronic medical conditions have a higher risk for heat-related illness. Refer to more heat safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By the Numbers
2019 Austin Public Health Emergency Preparedness Data
Public Cooling Centers
Available Cooling Center Locations. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.
Download a printable flyer on heat safety in English.
When cooling off in pools and other bodies of water, be water-wise. Drowning is fast and silent. No one is drown-proof, but drowning is preventable. Prevent drowning-related incidents and learn water safety tips.
- Provide active and constant supervision of children in the water and be a water watcher. Put away phones and other distractions around water. Focus on swimming safety. When in any type of water, toddlers and infants should be no more than arm’s length away from their parent or caregiver at all times.
- Teach children to swim and learn to swim yourself. Five essential water safety skills include being able to:
- Step or jump into water over one’s head and return to the surface.
- Tread water for one minute.
- Turn around in a full circle and find an exit from the pool.
- Swim 25 yards to exit the water.
- Be able to exit the water. If in a pool, exit without using the ladder.
- Children should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat, around open bodies of water and around docks. The life jacket should fit snugly and should not be able to be lifted above the ears. Learn where to get a loaner life jacket.
- Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills so you are prepared in case of an emergency.
- Teach children to ask permission to go near water. Teach children to stay away from pool and spa drains.
- Practice pool safety. Use physical barriers to prevent children from accessing any source of water. Set alarms on pools and doors/windows leading to pools.
- Make sure children stay away from water hazards in your community such as garden ponds, creeks and streams, wells and cisterns, and other bodies of water.
- Teach kids that swimming in open water is different than swimming in a pool. Limited visibility, sudden drop-offs, uneven surfaces, currents and undertow can be dangerous.
- Do not use foam or air-filled toys, (e.g. floaties, water wings, inner tubes, noodles), in place of a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
- Empty tubs, buckets and kiddie pools immediately after use. This also helps minimize mosquitoes.
- Watch for signs of water injury even when the swimming is over.
- Never leave a young child unattended in a bathtub. Do not trust a child's life to another child or to aids that help a child sit upright in a tub.
- Use safety locks on toilets and keep bathroom doors closed and toilet-bowl covers down when small children are in the home.
Download a printable flyer on water safety in English.