During heat spells, making simple changes in your daily activities and staying cool can help you remain safe and healthy.
Here are a few ways to Beat the Heat:
- Stay indoors and, if possible, spend time in air-conditioned locations. For a list of LA County cooling centers, please visit the Public Health website at https://www.lacounty.gov/heat/, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county.
- Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
- Avoid unnecessary exertion.
- If you experience dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst you need to relax in a cooler, shaded place and drink water or a sports drink.
- More severe symptoms (such as disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing) may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention.
If you must be outdoors:
- Try to limit your activity to morning and evening hours when the temperature is cooler.
- Cut down on exercise.
- Try and rest often in shady areas.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and using sunscreen.
- Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
Although any one can suffer from heat-related illnesses, the following groups are at greater risk:
- people aged 65 or older
- infants and young children
- people with chronic medical conditions.
NEVER leave a senior, child or pet in a closed car or any vehicle since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.
If you know seniors who live alone or people whose immune and/or respiratory systems are not working properly, check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool.