Excessive Heat Watch for Monday and Tuesday
Source: Office of Emergency Management
The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued an Excessive Heat Watch, which is in effect from Monday morning through Tuesday evening.
* TEMPERATURES...88-98 inland portions of the coast. 100-110 valleys. 95-105 lower mountain elevations including the Santa Monica Mountains. Hottest temperatures Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Increased potential for serious heat-related illnesses, especially for the young and elderly, those performing outdoor activities, as well as those without access to air conditioning. Increased potential for power outages.
Never, ever, leave people or pets in enclosed vehicles, even for a short period of time.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency - call 911.
Source: Public Health Department
High Temperatures Anticipated for Parts of Santa Barbara County
The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is issuing a Health Alert due to the anticipated heat wave for parts of Santa Barbara County beginning Monday, August 6 and peaking Tuesday, August 7. Additional days of heat are also anticipated past Tuesday. The Public Health Department is urging residents to take the necessary safety measures to avoid heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Community members are strongly encouraged to take the following precautions whenever temperatures are on the rise:
• 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. Check on your neighbors.
• Wear appropriate clothing. Lightweight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing works best.
• Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, 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.
• Limit outdoor activity. Try to schedule outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, like morning and evening hours. Be sure to wear sunscreen and rest often.
• Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room. A few hours in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler. Taking a cool shower or bath can help too.
• If you do not have air‐conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a public library, movie theater, or other public space that is cool. Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness.
• For those who work outside, be sure to take frequent rest breaks in a shaded area or air-conditioned room, if possible. Stay hydrated and take action by moving to a cooler space if you feel signs of heat exhaustion.
• 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!
• Do not leave 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.