We’re expecting some triple digit days again this week, though the nights should be cooling off nicely.
Those who are more sensitive to the heat may be at increased risk of heat illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. We count on our community to look after those who might need special attention such as seniors or those with mobility issues and ask that you look in on friends and relatives.
“It’s especially important for older and at-risk individuals to take precautions to avoid heat stress because they may not adjust well to sudden changes in temperature, and are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that makes them more prone to complications due to heat stress, “ said Public Health Officer Dr. Kasirye. Because of this, Social Workers with the County’s Department of Health and Human Services in the Senior and Adult Services Division regularly monitor their clients during heat spells.
To provide a cool place for people to get out of the heat, local non-profit organizations are opening their doors during afternoon hours: view list of organizations with days and times of operation on the 211 website. The centers will be safe places to cool down, with water and light snacks. Locations and times will be adjusted depending on the weather. The County only opens centers when the day and night-time heat is prolonged and meets temperature thresholds.
Prevention is the key in hot weather. Limit outside activities, avoid becoming dehydrated, drink plenty of water, stay in a cool environment, and dress appropriately.
Tips for Beating the Heat:
• Drink plenty of water and avoid very cold drinks; don’t wait until you are thirsty
• Take a cool shower to lower your body temperature
• Limit your exposure to the sun – stay indoors where it is air-conditioned or go an air conditioned public place
• Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing
• Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in non-air conditioned buildings. If you are working outdoors,
take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area
• Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles
Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures may cause serious conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke and can even be fatal. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness. Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call 9-1-1 for medical assistance and take immediate action to begin cooling the person.
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