Polk County Health Department

Extreme Heat Guidelines for Outdoor Events

Outdoor events are the highlight for many over the summer. To make sure everyone fully enjoys it, we want to make sure our employees, guests and patrons are safe. Anyone is at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke during prolonged extreme heat but children, older adults, people with chronic health conditions and outdoor workers are at an increased risk. Employees and staff should pay attention to individuals for heat related illness.

Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It's one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.

Heat stroke is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke, can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. The condition is most common in the summer months.

Heat stroke requires emergency treatment. Untreated heatstroke can quickly damage your brain, heart, kidneys and muscles. The damage worsens the longer treatment is delayed, increasing your risk of serious complications or death.

Events can utilize social media posts and graphics to post on their social media channels to keep employees, guests and patrons safe.

Social media messages                  Outdoor event graphic

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Contact Us

Phone: (515)-286-3798
Fax: (515)-286-2033
Toll free: 866-209-1300
Email:
healthdept@polkcountyiowa.gov


Address: 1907, Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314