Excessive Heat Warning

Hot Springs and Garland County have been under Excessive Heat Warnings by the National Weather Service, with dangerously hot conditions and heat index values over 110 degrees.

For more information on the Hot Springs Excessive Heat Forecast, visit the National Weather Service 7-Day Forecast.

fanCooling Station(s) in Garland County

  • Noon to 5 p.m. until Saturday, July 23 - Salvation Army, 115 Crescent Street

What to look for in a Heat Emergency

  • Headache
  • temp.Vomiting
  • Pale skin
  • Fainting
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Drowsy
  • Racing Pulse
  • Dry/Hot Skin

At the earliest signs of an emergency, bring the overheated person(s) into a cool building or shade and have them lie down. Give them water to drink and, if able, immerse the person(s) in cold water or place ice packs on all the folds of the body.

If a person isn't improving or symptoms worsen, call 9-1-1.

Click here to learn more signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

Tips for Staying Safe in a Heatwave

  • Stay hydrated but don't overdo it.  Drinking more than 1.4 liters (about three bottles of water) an hour can dilute your sodium levels and lead to confusion/seizures and heat cramps.
  • Eat regular meals. Food helps replenish the body's salt levels and keep electrolytes balanced. Spicy food can a body down as the spiciness causes blood circulation to rise, which causes sweating.
  • Apply sunscreen. 
  • sweatTake breaks from the heat. If you have to be outdoors for any length of time, go to an air-conditioned or shady area periodically to help keep your body temperature down and drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-sugary and non-caffeinated fluids.
  • Travel during the coolest parts of the day: the early morning and late evening.
  • Clothing type matters. Make sure to wear light-colored loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible and don't exert yourself too much. If your skin is directly under the sun, it may have the opposite of a cooling effect.
  • Exercising/Working outdoors increases the chances of heat cramps or a heat stroke. If it's a must, consider changing your timing(s) to early morning or at night when the temperature is not at its hottest and occasionally apply an ice pack to pulse points or wear a damp bandana on your forehead or neck to ward off heat.
  • Do not leave children, elderly or animals in vehicles. Vehicles can heat up quickly even with windows cracked open. Click here for more vehicle safety tips.

Heat Emergencies in Animals

Young and old, overweight animals are more susceptible to heatstrokes, as well as flat-faced (short-muzzled) dogs and/or cats, pets with thick coats or pre-existing conditions with airway, lung or heart problems.

What to look for in a Heat Emergency for Animals

  • Excessive panting that progresses to distress/noisy breathing
  • Restlessness or agitation, pacing, seeking shade or water
  • Excessive drooling
  • Red gums or tongue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Incoordination or stumbling
  • Sudden collapse

At the earliest signs of an emergency, bring the overheated animal(s) into a cool building or shade. Offer them small sips of water. Do not pour cool or ice-cold water on them but instead drape a cool wet towel over them which should be changed every five minutes to gradually cool down your pet.

Call your vet to advise further due to risks of more serious signs of heatstroke may not be immediately apparent.

Tips for Keeping Pets Safe During a Heatwave

  • If you leave pets outdoors, provide plenty of cool water and make sure to have available shade for them to use.
  • Restrict exercise on warm days to early morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest part of the day. Make sure to pack water bottles specifically for pets on walks.
  • Never leave a pet unattended in a car. Temperatures can climb quickly.
  • Brushing an animal's coat helps promote better air circulation. Their fur slows down their absorption of heat from the air. Don't shave them.image (2)

Visit the City's Utilities Department for ways to conserve water.