City Offers 13 Tips to Prepare for the Heat, Announces Cooling Centers

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City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner is advising residents to take precautions against the heat on Thursday, October 2, through Saturday, October 4, 2014, with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the mid-90s to low-100s in parts of Long Beach.

“With higher temperatures, people may develop heat-related conditions such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, especially individuals working outside or participating in outdoor activities,” Dr. Kushner said. Certain groups such as the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related illness. However, everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat related illness and injury. 

“It’s particularly important for individuals to seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat, such as stores, malls, libraries, and theaters,” Dr. Kushner added.

Community Centers at City Parks also serve as air-conditioned Cooling Centers from Monday through Friday; a complete listing and hours of operations can be found at www.longbeach.gov/park/coolingcenters. If conditions warrant, operating hours and days can be extended. In addition, the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 East 4th St., is open on weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am to 4:00 pm; and all 12 Long Beach Public Libraries are open on Thursdays from 12 pm to 7 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm.

Additionally, people should remember to:

  1. Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities;
  2. Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors;
  3. Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside;
  4. Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 mintes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer;
  5. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol;
  6. Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat;
  7. Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually;
  8. Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts;
  9. Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat;
  10. Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid;
  11. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight;
  12. Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink;
  13. Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa;

For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.

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