Avoid a Heat Emergency

Take these precautions this summer. (excerpt from sacramentoready.org)

River waters are still very cold and running high and fast, stay out of the rivers. If boating, use life jackets for all on the boat. Kids near the rivers should be wearing life jackets.

Ensure the safety of your loved ones and check on family members, friends, and neighbors during heat waves.
  • Never leave your loved ones and/or pets in a parked vehicle.
Drink lots of fluids – During the hot weather you’re more vulnerable to dehydration.
  • Increase your intake of nonalcoholic fluids, regardless of your activity level and whether or not you are thirsty.
  • Limit drinking fluids containing alcohol and caffeine.
  • If you are on a fluid-restricted diet, consult your doctor before increasing the amount of fluid intake.
Eat light meals regularly, and avoid hot and heavy foods.
Wear sunscreen and dress appropriately.
  • Apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting attire
  • Use a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and head.
Keep cool
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Limit exposure to the sun by staying indoors as much as possible, especially during the hottest hours of the day (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
  • If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider a trip to the mall, theaters, public libraries, or other public buildings.
  • In serious heat emergencies, the City and County will open ‘cooling centers’.
Avoid activity in the hottest hours of the day
  • If you must work outside take breaks in a shaded area.
  • If you must exercise make sure to drink 2-4 glasses of cool fluids, such as water or sports drink every hour.

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