Summer heat waves can be extremely dangerous. It is important to pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, and especially to monitor infants and young children, seniors, and those with health problems.
Persons living in or visiting areas where daytime temperatures surpass the 90- and 100-degree marks during the day and remain in the 70s overnight should prepare for the hot weather and use caution in their activities.
State emergency management and health officials caution that if a person has difficulty, due to a disability or medical condition, regulating their body temperature that they should take necessary precautions to protect themselves, including seeking shelter in local cooling centers,
Other tips include:
- Create a cooler environment or visit places like malls, theaters, or other public air-conditioned places.
- Drink plenty of water, especially when taking medication.
- Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Avoid physical activities during periods of peak temperatures.
- Check on neighbors and family members to ensure they are not being harmed by the heat.
- Watch for signs of heat-related illness, including fatigue, nausea, headache, and vomiting.
- For current heat issues affecting the state, visit: California Office of Emergency Services’s (Cal OES) Heat Preparedness site.