Boulder County residents encouraged to prepare for extreme summer temperatures

Boulder County Public Health offers tips to help everyone keep themselves, friends, family and pets safe when temperatures rise.

When temperatures reach 105 degrees Fahrenheit or above, everyone is at risk of heat-related illness. Heat-related illness and heatstroke can be fatal if not treated appropriately.

Air conditioning is the most effective way to stay safe during a heat emergency. Fans are not effective at lowering body temperatures and keeping vulnerable populations safe.

Some members of our county’s communities face higher risks during high temperatures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says athletes, people 65 and over, infants, children, individuals with chronic conditions, low-income households and outdoor workers are especially at risk of heat-related illness.