Hot Weather Safety Tips for August Heat Waves
August 9, 2012
Here are some hot weather safety tips, to stay cool and prevent heat illnesses:
• Drink plenty of liquids. Drink water and sports drinks—even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they make you lose fluids.
• Limit physical activity. Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day—10am-3pm.
• NEVER leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
• Stay in air-conditioned areas. Help keep cool by spending time at malls, libraries, movie theatres and community centers.
• Cool off by taking a bath or shower. Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best. Do not cool children in alcohol baths.
• Wear cool clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing can help you keep cool. Cotton clothes are good because they let sweat evaporate.
• Do not bundle babies. Babies do not handle heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed. Do not put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
• Cover your head. Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors because your head absorbs heat easily.
• Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.
• Rest often in shady areas. Find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
• Download hot weather safety tip sheets and heat-related illness fact sheets (available in English, Vietnamese and Spanish):
• Call 2-1-1 to find local cooling centers in your area. Call-takers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to help you find air-conditioned facilities that are open to the public during hot weather emergencies.
This weekend in the Bay Area:
Logan Johnson, a Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, advises, “Hot weather will last through the weekend. High temperatures of 100 to near 110 degrees are expected in the interior valleys of Southern Monterey and San Benito Counties. For the urban areas near the Bay Area, we are expecting abnormally warm conditions late this week.” As a result of this pending heat wave, Johnson has issued a “special weather statement regarding excessive heat potential for the [Bay] area:”
“The primary impacts of the prolonged excessive heat will be to those engaged in outdoor activities or occupations, and outdoor livestock and agricultural interests. High risk groups, such as the elderly and very young, and those without air conditioning, will also be impacted by the excessive heat. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke will be possible for those exposed to prolonged periods of excessive heat, without taking proper precautions. Several nights of very warm low temperatures will also allow for cumulative impacts of the heat to build up on locations that are not air-conditioned.”