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Public Health provides heat safety tips

Kern County Department of Public Health Services

Kern County Department of Public Health Services is reminding everyone to protect themselves from the heat.

Heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for vulnerable populations including young children, the elderly, those with chronic diseases or disabilities and pregnant women. Heat-related illness includes: cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. Warning signs of heat-related illnesses may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea. Vomiting, paleness, tiredness and dizziness can also be indicators of heat-related illness.

 “Spending time outside has a number of positive health benefits; however, extreme heat can pose significant risk to your health,” says Brynn Carrigan, director of Public Health Services.  “While enjoying the outdoors this weekend, I implore you to practice heat safety to prevent any heat-related tragedies.” 

Tips to stay safe during heat risk:

• Drink plenty of water even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.

• Avoid outdoor physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face and neck and loose-fitting clothing.

• Regularly check on any elderly relatives or friends who live alone. Many may be on medications which increase likelihood of dehydration.

• Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a rapid, strong pulse, you feel delirious or have a body temperature above 102 degrees. 

• Never leave infants, children, elderly or pets in a parked car. It can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to rise to levels that can kill.  

 Learn more: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/pages/bi_natural-disasters_extreme-heat_tips-for-treating-heat-related-illness.aspx