San Bernardino County Health Officer Dr. Michael Sequeira has issued a heat warning as the extreme heat is expected to start today and last until the weekend.
“High heat does not usually occur at this time of year,” said Dr. Sequeira, “Residents should take steps to protect their health, especially those who are susceptible to heat diseases, including the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or the poor, and people with chronic health conditions.
Residents are encouraged to learn the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and are advised to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health consequences such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke by following the tips below.
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
• Find an air-conditioned cooling center open to the public by calling the United Way toll-free telephone line at 2-1-1or by visiting inlandsocaluw.org/211 and type “cool places” and your zip code in the search box.
• Do not rely on the fan as the primary cooling device.
• Limit outdoor activities, especially at noon when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
• Wear loose, light, light-colored clothing.
• Take a cold shower or bath to lower your body temperature.
• Check risky friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
• Drink more water than usual and do not wait for a thirst to drink.
• Drink two to four cups of water every hour while you work.
• Avoid alcohol or liquids that contain large amounts of sugar.
• Make sure family, friends and neighbors drink enough water.
Pets are also sensitive to high temperatures, but cannot express their trouble. Some signs of heat in pets may include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive thirst, and vomiting. Help prevent a heat emergency by taking these steps.
• Leave pets extra water.
• Bring pets inside during periods of extreme heat.
• Make sure pets have enough shade if kept outside. Remember, the shade that pets have in the morning will either change or decrease as the sun moves during the day and may not protect them.
• Do not force animals to exercise when it is hot and humid. Exercise pets early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are lower.
• Do not allow pets to stand on sidewalks or hot asphalt to avoid burns to their paws.
• Never leave pets in a parked vehicle. Even in the shade with cracked windows, the internal temperature can reach over 120 degrees. The vehicle quickly turns into a furnace and can kill any animal.
San Bernardino County issues Heat Advisory because high temperatures are expected – VVNG.com
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