photo of man drinking waterHeat-related Illness

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)
  • Hospitalizations
  • Air Conditioning (A/C) Access

Near Real-time preview