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Heat emergency

Stand: 28.05.2024

Heat is a great danger to the body. It can cause life-threatening conditions such as heat stroke.


  • Body temperature above 40°C
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Repeated, violent vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Severe headache

Quick action is required in such situations! Call the

emergency number 112

First aid

Help can be provided until the emergency services arrive:

If there is no sign of breathing: Start artificial respiration and cardiac massage.

If breathing is noticeable and the person is unconscious: Place in the recovery position

Cool the body

  • Immerse body in cold water/shower
  • Generate evaporative cooling (spray body with water and create a draught)
  • Place cool packs/moist cloths on the neck, groin and arms
  • Move body to a cool place
  • Remove excess clothing
  • Provide drink if possible

Source: https://gesund.bund.de/hitze-und-gesundheit

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Cool tips for everyone

How you can protect yourself when it's hot inside and outside buildings. And there are also some things you should bear in mind when taking medication.

Water runs in hand.

Drinking options in the city

Are you out and about in Erlangen? There is free drinking water in the city center.

Baby lies on the stomach

Recommendations for schools, daycare centers, parents

Babies and children are particularly vulnerable to heat and high UV radiation due to their delicate skin and lower sweat production. They also generate more metabolic heat during physical activity than adults, which promotes heat-related complaints. In addition, babies and small children cannot take any protective measures themselves. It is therefore all the more important that parents and guardians know how to protect their children:

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Recommendations for older people

Older and especially very old people have an increased risk of developing heat-related health problems. However, heat can also be dangerous for other risk groups, such as people with dementia, chronic illnesses or immobile people, including babies.

Carpentry work.

Recommendations for companies, employees

Time and again, employees complain about high temperatures at their workplaces, especially during heatwaves in the summer months.

A thermometer.

Heat action plan

It serves to prevent health consequences and takes into account comprehensive intervention measures for health protection.

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Heat and UV warning from the German Weather Service

The German Weather Service (DWD) warns via its website.

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