Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Amador County Public Health: Prepare for Triple Digit Temperatures


Sutter Creek, CA – Public Health officials are urging residents to prepare for extreme temperatures. “When temperatures reach into and above 100 degrees, it is important to drink plenty of water, limit physical exertion and stay indoors in an air-conditioned location as much as possible,” said Dr. Bob Hartmann, Amador County Health Officer. “Although nearly everyone is uncomfortable in high heat, some people are more vulnerable than others.”

The elderly, the very young, and those with chronic medical conditions may be particularly susceptible to high temperatures. Residents without adequate air conditioning may also experience heat-related problems if they are not careful. Community members should remember to take simple steps to beat summer heat.

During extreme heat, be sure to:
o Get plenty to drink - Drink more water, juice and sports drinks.
o Stay cool indoors – Use air conditioners, spend time in air-conditioned locations or take a cool bath or shower.
o Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes and sunscreen.
o Check on older, sick, or frail people who may need help responding to the heat.
o Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
o Schedule outdoor activities carefully – remember to rest in a cool, shady area.

Heat-related illness can be prevented by taking precautions. Warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting.

For more information about extreme heat, visit www.bepreparedcalifornia.ca.gov.

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