Outdoor activities in heat and smog

Learn how to beat the heat while performing outdoor activities!

The risks to your health increase when you exercise or do hard physical activities in the heat, humidity, and smog. Learn how to protect yourself and others.

Heat, humidity, and smog can be very dangerous. They can cause heat-related illness. The risks to your health increase when you exercise or do hard physical activities in the heat, humidity and smog.

Take the following 3 steps to protect your health:

Step 1: Know and understand the risks

Being active is great for your overall health, but during extreme heat it can put you at risk, even if you are healthy. Your risk increases if you have:

If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your health care provider or pharmacist if the heat increases your risk of complications and follow their recommendations.

When you exercise or work outdoors in the heat, humidity, and smog, you:

Step 2: Protect yourself and those around you

Step 3: Know when and how to help those in need

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you have any of the symptoms of heat-related illness:

To help someone with heat-related illness:

If you become ill, feel faint, have difficulty breathing, or feel confused and disoriented, seek medical help immediately. In an emergency, call 911.


This item was last modified on June 12, 2015