How to Survive the Phoenix Heat

Use Common Sense on Hot Days

Phoenix Arizona at sundown
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There are certain things that smart people do (or don't do) when the temperature rises over 100 degrees. Those who have lived in Phoenix for a while understand this. Those of you who are new to Phoenix, heed this advice.

Beat the Heat

  • Do not leave chocolate, dairy products, fresh flowers or fish in the car.
  • Do not lie in the sun and fall asleep.
  • Do not leave children or pets in your car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the window cracked open.
  • Do not walk your dog on pavement after the sun has been heating it up. The pads of his/her feet will burn.
  • Do not walk outside in bare feet.
  • Do not use your oven and create more heat in your house. Use the barbecue or microwave.
  • Do not do strenuous work outside in the heat alone.
  • Do not travel with your dog in the back of your flatbed truck. The floor heats up fast, especially if it is metal, and the dog cannot escape it.
  • Do not leave compact discs on the seat or dash of the car.
  • Do not turn off the air conditioner in the house while you are at work if you have pets in the house.
  • Do not constantly turn the air conditioner on and off. Keep your house at a somewhat constant temperature.
  • Do not touch metal, or even dark plastic, car door handles, ignition switches, steering wheels, keys or stick shifts. Keep a small towel handy so you don't burn yourself.
  • Do not play sports outside without drinking plenty of water constantly.
  • Do check your car's battery often and make sure that water levels are adequate.


  • The temperature inside a closed vehicle that has been sitting in our hot sun can reach over 200 degrees in a very short time. Please take the warnings about children and pets very seriously.
  • People who fall asleep in the sun, or who spend a great deal of time outdoors, run the risk of serious burns.
  • If you have to park your car outside, try to find covered parking.
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