August and September are the hottest months in southern California. Here are some tips to keep you, your family and your pet safe.
- Make sure your air-conditioning unit is running smoothly.
- Keep blind close to avoid heat entering through the sun’s rays until late afternoon.
- If you don’t have AC, whenever you can, go somewhere cool like public libraries, enclosed shopping malls, movie theaters, a friend’s house, etc.
- Keep your fans on running counter-clockwise to help force room air down and help circulate air through your home, keeping it cooler.
- Use water from a spray bottle to cool off, even better, if you have a ceramic floor, walking barefoot will provide instant relief.
Stay Still and Hydrated
- Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity such as gardening during the hottest part of the day.
- Drink plenty of water and if you are sweating a lot consider adding drinks with minerals in them.
Don’t forget your pets; they need shade and fresh water as well since they can dehydrate quickly. Moderate their exercise and keep them in a cool place.
Signs of Heat-Related Illness
- Warning signs of heat exhaustion that warrant immediate medical attention include disorientation, breathing that is shallow and fast, dry mouth, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting, pale or clammy skin, sweating, tiredness, passing out, Meanwhile, cool the body down by spraying or dousing it with cold water. Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to a heat stroke.
- Warning signs of heat stroke that warrant immediate medical attention include dizziness, body temperature above 103°F, red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating), confusion, nausea, rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, and unconsciousness.
Call 911 immediately. While you are waiting for emergency responders, administer first aid to help bring the person’s body temperature down with cold water, and ice packs to the person’s neck, armpits, back, and groin. Young and healthy people can be immersed in cold water or ice bath.
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the summer sunshine with your friends and family. Just use common sense.