Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS National HQ
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Public Information Notice
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
845 AM EDT Wed May 25 2016
-Family of Services
-NOAA Weather Wire Service
-Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
-Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees
From: Eli Jacks
Chief, Forecast Services Division
Subject: "Don`t Fry Day" Friday, May 27, 2016: Excessive Heat
and Sun Safety Guidance for 2016 Season
Friday, May 27, 2016, has been declared national "Don`t Fry Day"
by NWS and the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention
(NCSCP). NWS is taking part again this year with the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), and the NCSCP to promote sun-safe
In addition, NWS is supporting the Federal Emergency Management
Agency`s (FEMA) first ever Extreme Heat Week, May 22-28, as part
of its PrepareAthon. One of the week`s activities includes a
White House webinar entitled, "Building Community Preparedness
to Extreme Heat." The webinar will be held May 26, 2 PM to 3:30
PM EDT. During the White House webinar, experts from federal and
local government, as well as other organizations, will share
information on the impacts of extreme heat. Also, the webinar
will focus on vulnerable populations such as children, athletes,
the elderly and outdoor workers. Experts will also highlight
actions that individuals, caregivers, public-health officials,
and emergency responders can take to prepare for extreme-heat
events. Registration information for this webinar briefing may
be accessed at:
A new interagency portal, the National Integrated Heat Health
Information System (NIHHIS), has been developed to provide a
one-stop-shop for access to federal government heat safety
information that can be used to reduce the health impacts of
extreme heat. NIHHIS was developed in collaboration with NOAA
and CDC, and includes heat safety information from FEMA, OSHA
and several other agency partners. See http://climate.gov/nihhis
for more information.
Heat is one of the leading weather-related killers in this
country, resulting in hundreds of deaths each year. Heat-related
death and illness are preventable. Yet heat claims more lives
most years than floods, lightning and tornadoes combined.
Skin cancer, which can develop from overexposure to ultraviolet
(UV) radiation, is the most common form of cancer in the United
States. Nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each
year in the United States, at an estimated annual cost of $8.1
billion. Skin cancer can be serious, expensive, and sometimes
even deadly. Fortunately, most skin cancers can be prevented.
Please see this link for some essential heat and UV resources
provided by NWS partners that provide information on how to
prevent adverse effects of excessive heat and UV exposure.
Please use these resources throughout this summer to help us
build a Weather-Ready Nation.
All of our partners offer the following heat wave and UV safety
tips to the public:
1. Slow down. Reduce, eliminated or reschedule strenuous work or
recreational activities until the coolest time of the day.
2. Get acclimated. Gradually increase outdoor work and
recreational activities so your body adjusts to hot conditions.
3. Dress in lightweight clothing, and wear UV-blocking
sunglasses and a hat with at least a 2 to 3-inch brim all
4. Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids. Avoid
drinking alcoholic beverages.
5. Never leave children, pets, or the elderly unattended in a
parked vehicle, not even for a minute.
6. Take frequent breaks during work or play. When it`s really
hot, spend more time in air-conditioned places or seek shade
outside, especially during midday hours.
7. Check the UV Index when planning outdoor activities to
prevent overexposure to the sun. Avoid sunburns and intentional
8. Generously apply sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with broad
spectrum (both UVA and UVB rays) protection.
9. Seek shade whenever you can.
10. Know what the signs and symptoms of heat illness are. Check
on workers, particularly those wearing protective suits.
Elderly persons, small children, chronic invalids, those on
certain medications or drugs, outdoor workers, persons with
weight and alcohol problems and caretakers for these groups
should pay close attention to the above tips, particularly
during heat waves in areas where excessive heat is rare.
For more information, please contact:
Jannie G. Ferrell
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