After a long, rainy and chilly winter, people in East Contra Costa County have been craving the warmth of the bright summer sun. And without much of a recognizable Spring, summer hit hard and strong with predicted record-breaking temperatures and heat advisories. To help you stay cool and safe when the sun’s rays bring the potential for day, we have a few tips to stay safe and cool during an excessive heat advisory.
When the temperatures rise, drink a lot of water. Experts say that once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Carry a bottle of water around with you and sip throughout the day. Setting water, or fluid, goals and rewarding yourself for meeting them is a great way to monitor what you are drinking and if you are drinking enough. Experts also suggest avoiding alcoholic, hot, or sugary drinks as well because they can make dehydration worse. Muscle cramping is a sign that you may be dehydrated or suffering from heat-related illness.
Remember to Bring Your Pets Indoors
To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid.
- Know the symptoms of an overheating pet such as panting, difficulty breathing, drooling, or increased heart rate.
- Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heatstroke since they cannot pant as effectively
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
Keep Your Body Cool During Excessive Heat
When temperatures rise, you have to take steps to keep your body temperature cool. Some simple ideas include staying indoors where you can run your air-conditioner. Taking the time to close windows, blinds and curtains can help keep temperatures cool. However, some other suggestions include:
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fibers such as cotton.
- Only go outside if you must and schedule recreation time outside after the sun goes down.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Put wet towels or cool packs on your arms or neck.
- Minimize physical activity.
- If you do not have AC, spend the hottest hours of the day at a local movie theatre, mall, or library.
Help Care for your Neighbors
When excessive heat advisory hits, it is important that young children and the elderly are cared for. A quick visit or phone call to remind older adults about safe practices during a heatwave is important. Reminders about drinking water and using the air-conditioner are important – and can help save lives. If you see that they are not able to safely manage the heatwave, consider taking them to a cool place – or spending time with you where you can ensure they stay cool and hydrated.
Be Prepared for Excessive Heat and Have a Plan
It is important that you have a plan when heat hits. Know who to call in the case you need help and keep the phone numbers in a place that is accessible to everyone, in case of emergency. If you start to feel unwell, whether it is nausea, excessive lethargy, or headaches, seek help from your doctor or contact the nearest hospital.
The heat of the California sun is one of the characteristics that bring people to love and live, in California. However, excessive heat can be uncomfortable, and quite dangerous, for people if the heat catches you off guard. Excessive heat advisories come to fruition when the temperatures rise over 105 degrees, which means it is not just a warm day you need to be concerned with, but you need to take steps to be safe. Keep your eye on the forecast and remember these simple tips to stay safe during the dog days of summer.
Here is a List of Cooling Stations in East Contra Costa
- Brentwood Senior Activity Center at 193 Griffith Lane; Monday- Thursday (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Fridays (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
- Brentwood Community Center at 35 Oak Street; Monday- Friday (8:00 am – 5:00 pm)
- Antioch Senior Center/Nick Rodriguez Community Center at 213 F Street; 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
- Antioch Community Center at 4703 Lone Tree Way; 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
• Senior Community Center at 300 Presidio Lane; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
• Pittsburg Library at 80 Power Avenue; 11:00 am – 5:00pm
- City of Oakley does not have designated cooling stations but the City Hall is available during business hours
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