HEAT WAVE: Useful Links & Information

June 28, 2010 2:23:18 PM PDT
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For more Information on how to beat the heat log on to the following sites:

California Office of Emergency Services
www.oes.ca.gov

California Department of Public Health
www.cdph.ca.gov

www.dhs.ca.gov or www.redcross.org

California Office of Emergency Services
www.oes.ca.gov

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Heat Emergency Tips

? Outdoor workers require special precautions during excessive heat conditions and employers must follow California's heat illness prevention regulations. www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/heatillnessoaltext.doc

? Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and older should be monitored throughout the day as they are susceptible.

? Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids especially water. Dehydration can lead to serious health effects.

? Make sure clothing is lightweight and comfortable. If possible avoid strenuous activity outdoors during the hottest part of the day. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening. Be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen.

? Turn on air conditioners or evaporative cooling systems.

? Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures at safer levels.

? Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.

? Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.

? For information on protecting your pets from the heat, please visit www.aspca.org for Hot Weather Tips.

? If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

? In the event of a health related emergency call 911.


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