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Hillsborough Residents Urged to Take Caution Under Thursday Heat Advisory

Hillsborough County, Fla. (July 28, 2022) - Hillsborough County is under a heat advisory from the National Weather Service on Thursday, July 28, from noon until six this evening. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors, stay hydrated, and look in on vulnerable neighbors and loved ones.

The heat advisory means that the heat index will be up to 110 degrees in Hillsborough County today. Without taking precautions, heat-related illness or even death is possible.

Hillsborough residents without access to adequate air conditioning can find refuge in a variety of public places like libraries or shopping malls. Residents also can refill water bottles in County facilities like parks, libraries, or offices across the County.

Heat-related illnesses and death are largely preventable with proper planning, education, and action. Heat.gov serves as the premier source of heat and health information for the nation to reduce the health, economic, and infrastructural impacts of extreme heat.

Hillsborough County Homeless and Community Services is working with private sector organizations to assist the vulnerable homeless population.

Residents who work or spend time outside during the hottest part of the day are encouraged to take precautions. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency. Residents can call 911 to access immediate care.

Get Connected. Stay Alert.

For more information on any other potential emergency in the county, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. Residents without digital access are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line.

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