With high summer temperatures likely in Southern California, the Los Angeles Fire Department suggests you take action now to:
- Minimize the risks of hot weather.
- Prepare your household, pets and workplace.
- Plan to get relief from and avoid the effects of heat.
Adjust your attire and activities to limit heat exposure and exertion!
Water is normally the best drink during hot weather, and you'll need more than you think. If you have a medical condition or are under a doctor's care, consult with a physician.
Drinks with alcohol or caffeine can make the heat's effect on your body much worse. Avoid sugar-filled drinks and only use salt tablets if directed by a doctor. Plan on eating light, healthy meals.
Key Rules: Drink plenty of water before you become thirsty and rest in the shade before you become tired!
Limit your exposure to direct sunlight between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun's rays are at their strongest. If you feel ill, tell someone immediately. Symptoms of dehydration and heat illness may include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, nausea, muscle cramps, headache and vomiting.
Many heat emergencies occur to people exercising, working or staying alone. Use a buddy system and check on elderly, disabled or at-risk neighbors on a regular basis. If you suspect someone is experiencing a medical emergency from extreme heat exposure, call 9-1-1.
If your home does not have air conditioning, consider a cool place to visit or stay during the hottest part of the day.
Schools, libraries, theaters, shopping malls and community facilities such as senior centers and parks may offer an air-conditioned refuge. If activated by officials during peak temperatures, designated cooling centers in the Greater Los Angeles area can be found by calling 2-1-1.
Pets, horses, and livestock are also susceptible to hot weather. See that the special needs of your animals are met, including copious shade and plenty of cool water.
Never leave children, pets or dependent adults alone in a hot car. Even with the windows down, the temperature inside a parked vehicle can quickly rise to lethal levels.
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Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department