updated: Apr 30, 2014, 9:32 AM
Source: Public Health Department
Health Department Urges Caution During High Heat
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is urging caution and common sense for the unusually
high temperatures predicted in the county in the next few days.
"The elderly are more vulnerable to temperature extremes and we need to be vigilant on their behalf
whenever possible," said Dr. Takashi Wada, Public Health Department Director and County Health Officer.
"Please check in regularly with elderly friends, family members, and neighbors, especially when an
excessive heat warning is in effect."
Residents are strongly urged to take appropriate precautions whenever temperatures rise, especially:
• Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or be able to react accordingly -especially the
elderly, young children, and pets.
• Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages regardless of your activity level, especially those without
sugar or caffeine. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. If you have fluid restrictions from your doctor, ask
to see how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room. If your home doesn't have air
conditioning, go to a shopping mall or library - even a few hours in air conditioning can help your body
stay cooler. You can also take a cool shower or bath.
• Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler
location for him or her immediately.
• Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are
similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin. With heat stroke the person often stops
sweating and the skin will be unusually dry. If heat stroke is a possibility, call 911 immediately. Heat stroke
is life threatening!
• Be aware of the dangers of leaving children (and pets) unattended in vehicles. It only takes a matter of
minutes on a relatively mild day for a vehicle to reach deadly temperatures, a fact that is exacerbated the
hotter it is.
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