Howdy Friends –
Summer has arrived and it is hot outside, so please stay cool!
Summer heat waves can be 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 some tips to help protect your health when temperatures are extremely high
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, there are cooling centers nearby that you can visit to stay cool and safe during these hot summer days, click here for the pdf.
Please stay cool and look out for your friends, family, neighbors, and pets who may need help cooling off this summer.