Help Keep Your Family Cool and Safe in the Heat

Although a cool down is forecasted for the rest of the week, hot temperatures continue today in Orange County, increasing the risk of heat related illnesses for those who are more sensitive to the heat.

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, a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance. Move the person to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water.

The Orange County Health Care Agency, recommends the following precautions to help prevent heat related illnesses:

  • Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Stay cool indoors. If your home is not air conditioned, visit public facilities such as shopping malls and libraries to stay cool.
  • Check often on those at highrisk. This includes older adults, people with heart or lung disease, and young children.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Wear light, loosefitting clothing, a hat, and use sunscreen.
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion outdoors. Take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.

For more information on heat related illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

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