Health Officials Issue Heat Advisory: 11 Tips to Stay Cool

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hot weather heat advisoryThe National Weather Service forecasts that yesterday’s hot weather will continue to affect much of Southern California for the next several days. With temperatures at Long Beach Airport expected to range from the high 80’s to low 90’s through Sunday, the Health Department is advising residents to take precautions.

A heat advisory issued on Wednesday reminds residents to be safe and take precautions to prevent heat-related illness especially while participating in outdoor activities.

To help residents escape the heat and stay cool, they issued a set of safety tips for hot weather:

Long Beach urged to Stay Cool

  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 hat if you’ll be outside.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
  5. Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat.
  6. Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
  7. Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, etc.
  8. Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
  9. Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
  10. Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight.
  11. Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.

The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions. However everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat related illness.

According to officials, the current heat conditions don’t necessitate activating ” community cooling centers.” Should it become necessary to set up cooling centers in Long Beach, another notice will be issued indicating dates, times and locations of activated centers.

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

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