Howdy Friends –
It has already been a hot summer and more heat waves are on the way, so please stay cool!
These heat waves can be very dangerous. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include:
- Infants and children up to four years of age.
- People 65 years of age or older.
- People who overexert during work or exercise.
- People who are ill or on certain medications.
CDPH has put together some tips and tricks to help protect yourself from the high temperatures:
Drink Plenty of Fluids – Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level.
Replace Salts and Minerals – The best ways to replace salts and minerals are to have fruit juice or a sports drink during any exercise or work in the heat. Avoid drinks with caffeine, such as: tea, coffee or soda.
Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen – Wear as little clothing as possible when at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool and use sunscreen with at least 15 SPF.
Pace Yourself – If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start out slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully – If you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.
Use a Buddy System – When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your coworkers and have someone do the same for you.
Stay Cool Indoors – The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in an air-conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner or evaporative cooling unit, consider a visit to a shopping mall, public swimming pool, cooling center, or public library for a few hours.
For more information on how to prevent or treat heat-related illnesses, visit the CDPH website here.
If your home cooling system is not working, Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Company have put together Cooling Center Locator links to help you find the cooling centers in your area and help you cool off on these hot summer days. You can also check the Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare County Cooling Center webpages for a list of open places to beat the heat.
Please stay cool and look out for your friends, family, neighbors, and pets who may need help cooling off during the latest heat wave!