The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is reminding everyone to stay cool, hydrated and safe as summer approaches and temperatures climb across our state.
High temperatures have already been hitting areas of Southern California and more heat is expected in many other parts of the state. To check current National Weather Service Watches, Warnings or Advisories for your area, click here.
Extreme heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for vulnerable populations including young children, the elderly, those with chronic diseases or disabilities, pregnant women and people who are socially isolated.
It’s important to understand heat risks and ways to stay cool. Here are tips to stay safe during this period of excessive heat:
Heat-related illness includes: cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. Warning signs of heat-related illnesses may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea. Vomiting, paleness, tiredness and dizziness can also be indicators of heat-related illness.
In areas where air quality is poor, people with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory diseases should reduce or eliminate their outdoor activities.
It’s also imperative to protect our pets from the hot weather. Here are tips to help out our four-legged friends: