Temperatures Are Rising Across the State, Here’s How to Stay Safe


With temperatures rising this week, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) wants you to be prepared for all summer hazards, including the heat.  

With approximately 2,302 heat-related deaths occurring in the U.S. last year, it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with rising temperatures and know how to protect yourself from heat-related health problems. People with access and functional needs, those who work outdoors, and those who live in rural or urban areas without proper tree shade are more at risk for heat-related health impacts. 


  • Stay Informed about upcoming extreme heat conditions. Anyone is at risk for heat-related illness. Sign up for free emergency alerts at www.calalerts.ca.gov to receive notice about extreme heat events. 
  • Check the weather before deciding to go outdoors. Pay special attention when going out during afternoon hours when UV rays are their strongest. 
  • Check in on neighbors and loved ones who may have mobility issues or no air conditioning. They may need a portable fan to help keep them cool during heat events. 

Whether you’re traveling or doing outdoor activities, here are some safety tips to keep in mind during a heat event: 

Avoid strenuous activity and direct exposure to the sun during the hottest parts of the day, specifically from 12 to 6 p.m. Prolonged sun exposure can increase your chances for heat illnesses and skin cancer. 

 Keep your temperature regulated by wearing light colored, loose-fitting clothing and a hat to shade your face. Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. 

 Keep cool indoors. If your home does not have air conditioning, find a public indoor location to keep cool. You can also contact your local county to find out if cooling shelters are available in your area. A few hours in air conditioning can help your body better react to the heat when you go outside. 

Take frequent shade breaks when you are outdoors. Find a shady area even if it’s just under the trees to get a break from the sun. 

Stay hydrated by drinking water frequently. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to start drinking water. Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water too.  

NEVER leave children or pets in the car. Even when temperatures outside are mild, the temperature inside the car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes. 


Extreme heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for vulnerable populations. It’s important to understand the warning signs of heat-related illness. Symptoms include: 

  • Heavy sweating 
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Weakness 
  • Headache
  • Nausea

Vomiting, paleness, tiredness and dizziness can also be indicators of heat-related illness. To help prevent heat-related illness, be sure to use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths. Get medical attention if you experience a rapid, strong pulse, you feel delirious or have a body temperature above 102 degrees. 



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