Keep Safe During a Heat Wave

Stay Safe and Cool During Hot Weather

When the temperatures rise on Long Island, there are simple steps you can take to beat the heat. Hot weather can be dangerous, but if you are prepared with the necessary knowledge and supplies you can stay safe and healthy this summer season. PSEG Long Island, American Red Cross, 2-1-1 Long Island, and United Way want you to be prepared and be safe.

Facts about Hot Weather

  • The elderly, young, sick, or overweight are more likely to become victims of excessive heat
  • People living in urban, or more densely populated areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave

What to do During Hot Weather

  • Follow the weather reports to learn how long the heat will last
  • Never leave children or pets in the car, even for a few minutes
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of clear fluids, even if you don't think you are thirsty
  • Avoid strenuous activity, and stay indoors where it is cool during the hottest parts of the day
  • Close your blinds and shades facing the sun to keep the sun's heat out and help fans and air conditioners cool more efficiently
  • Turn off all electronics that you aren't actively using (TVs, computers etc.) to save money on electric and relieve pressure on the power grid
  • If you do not have air conditioning in your home, travel to places that can offer relief from the heat such as libraries or malls. Contact 2-1-1 Long Island for information on the opening of cooling centers across the Island. 2-1-1 Long Island is a free, non-emergency information service that connects Long Island residents to health and human services they may need on a daily basis or during severe weather and disasters. 2-1-1 provides resources for all Long Island residents

Power Outage

  • If you experience a power outage, report it to PSEG Long Island: call 800-490-0075, text "OUT" to PSEGLI (773454), or visit to file an online report
  • If the temperature in your home rises to a level that is uncomfortable during the outage, leave and visit a friend or a public place with air conditioning until you can safely return home.

Downed Power Lines

  • Downed power lines should always be considered live and dangerous. If there is an accident or a wire comes down onto your vehicle during a storm, the safest thing to do is stay in the vehicle with your hands in your lap until help arrives and the wires are deenergized. Learn more from PSEG Long Island

Sources: American Red Cross, PSEG Long Island