Heat illness can be mild or it can be severe, at times requiring medical attention. Tracking emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to heat-related illness can be used to understand how Mainers are affected by hot weather. Maine uses survey data to track air conditioning access because spending time in air conditioning is often the best prevention against heat-related illness.
What data are available?
Maine tracks the following measures associated with heat-related illness:
- Near-real time data (daily emergency department visits)
- Emergency department (ED) visits (annual summaries)
- Air Conditioning (A/C) Access
Where can I find more information about heat illness?
- Find data from other states about heat illness and other climate and health indicators on the National Tracking Network
- Learn more about preventing heat illness, at-risk groups, and what you can do to prepare for heat events from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has information about extreme heat