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Heat wave: alert and heat wave

To prevent the risks related to the heat wave, Santé Publique France * puts in place each year, from June 1 and until August 31, a system of information and prevention of risks related to hot weather: the " system of Hot Weather Alert (SACS) "or" heat wave plan ".

This National Canicule Plan was set up following the 2003 heat wave that claimed thousands of lives in France.

Thus, in case of hot dog alert, any person can learn about the good reflexes to have to reduce the health risks related to the heat wave. Also, during a heatwave alert, an emergency device is triggered, including television and radio spots to inform the population of the risks of heat wave.

We are talking about a heat wave when we attend "a very hot day and night for at least three consecutive days. "

The heat wave plan also includes practical information, such as the numbers to call in case of emergency, namely:

  • 15th (Seamu)
  • 18 (Firefighters)
  • 112 (single European emergency number)

The heat wave plan has 4 levels:

- Level 1 (green alertness) - "seasonal watch" activated from 1 June to 31 August,
- Level 2 (yellow alertness) - "heat warning", in case of significant probability of going on orange alert in the following days,
- Level 3 (alertness orange) - "hot dog alert", triggered by departmental prefects, in conjunction with Regional Health Agencies (ARS),
- Level 4 (red vigilance) - "maximum mobilization".

To preserve your health and live the best days (and nights) of heat wave, quickly discover our 10 practical tips to follow in the event of a heat wave alert!

* Public health agency formed, since May 1, 2016, by the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (Inpes), the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (InVS) and the Institution for Preparedness and Response to health emergencies (Eprus).

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