- Protect yourself from the heat
Get plenty to drink
- Drink more fluids, especially water.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.
Stay cool indoors
- Stay in an air conditioned area if possible.
- If you don't have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours.
- A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off.
Wear light clothing and sunscreen
- Choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- A wide-brimmed hat will keep your head cool.
- Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of 15 or higher and reapply every two hours while in the sun (all skin types).
Schedule outdoor activities carefully
- Try to be less active during late afternoon, the hottest part of the day.
- Rest often in a shady area.
- Keep a container of cool water nearby and use wet washcloths to pat the wrists, face and back of neck.
- Never leave children, seniors or pets in a parked car.
- Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks.
- If your heart pounds, you become out of breath, lightheaded, confused, weak or feel faint, stop your activity and rest in a cool or shady area.
Use a buddy system
- Check on your friends and family and have someone do the same for you.
- Check on the elderly and people with health conditions twice a day during a heat wave.
— Source: San Joaquin County Public Health Services
Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:26 am, Fri Jul 13, 2012.
With temperatures hovering in the high 90s and even the triple digits for the foreseeable future, the possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke is also on the rise.
San Joaquin County Public Health Services released a warning on Thursday urging residents in the San Joaquin Valley to do their best to stay out of the heat.
Friday, July 13, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:26 am.