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Extreme Heat


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Emergency Services

No matter when an emergency strikes, you can count on on Grainger to help.

Call 800-CALL-WWG
for immediate assistance in an emergency.

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The Ready Rating Program provides a simple guide to help organizations assess their readiness and build and implement response plans.

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Ready When the Time Comes, a corporate volunteer program, taps the human resources of corporate America.

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Reduce your vulnerability and losses from unpredictable events. We have the products and services you need to help you prepare for, respond to and recover from all hazards, including extreme and extended heat waves. Heat waves can be disabling for those who are unprepared—NOAA reports that heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Heat can also lead to brown-outs and power outages that can be devastating to animals, crops and your operations.

Prepare for Extreme Heat Events

Advanced planning can help you preserve the health and safety of your employees. In extreme situations, you need to make sure your facility is also equipped to withstand the hazards.

Keeping People Cool

Keeping Facilities Cool

Fighting Drought

While we cannot prevent drought, planning for the possibility will help. Refer to experts for drought-resistant plants best suited for your location and geography.


Heat Safety Tips

  • Stay indoors as much as possible, especially during the hottest part of the day.
  • Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothes and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • Avoid overexerting yourself—take frequent rest breaks in air conditioned or shaded areas.
  • Stay hydrated and limit intake of alcoholic beverages.


Heat Preparation Tips

  • Make sure to clean air conditioning ducts.
  • Weather-strip doors and windows to keep the cool air in and hot air out.
  • Install awnings, shades, blinds, reflective coatings or other measures to reflect the sun.
  • Plant trees and grass where possible. Concrete and asphalt surfaces retain the heat, whereas vegetation helps to reduce "urban heat islands."
  • Irrigate foliage around the building to reduce fire risk.


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