Find out how to stay cool during this weekend’s scorching weather.
For the last few days, summer has made its presence abundantly clear here in the Santa Clarita Valley. With weekend high temperatures predicted to be near 108 degrees, residents are being warned to take several precautions that will help keep you cool, and more importantly, keep you safe during the heat wave.
First, if it’s just too hot in your home, you should venture out to the Westfield Valencia Town Center, or some other public place where air-conditioning is running. The City and County have also set up “cooling stations” around Santa Clarita where you can stop in for a bit of cool air and refreshment. Currently, the City is directing residents to the Santa Clarita Senior Center, while the County has set up their cooling station at Hart Hall, located in Hart Park.
If you would rather stay home, make sure all doors and windows are weather stripped properly. Air conditioning ducts should be properly insulated and an air-conditioning tune-up may be in order. Energy Pro Heating and Air offers local service, and can come do an inspection of your air conditioner.
According to the state, it is imperative that special attention be paid to seniors and very young children.
“Summer heat waves can be extremely dangerous. Everyone should be on alert—it's important to pay attention to signs of heat-related illness, and especially to monitor infants, young children, seniors and people with underlying health problems,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Mark Horton.
The weather forecast for Santa Clarita indicates that Saturday and Sunday will be the hottest days, followed by slightly more moderate temperatures into next week.
Here are some other valuable tips from the CDPH:
Get Plenty to Drink
Sweating removes needed salt and minerals from the body. When it is hot, drink more water, juice and sports drinks. Avoid drinks with caffeine (tea, coffee, and cola) and alcohol. Be sure to eat regularly.
Stay Cool Indoors
The best way to beat the heat is to stay in an air conditioned area. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to a shopping mall or public building for a few hours. A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off.
Wear Light Clothing and Sunscreen
Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool. If you will be in direct sun, use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and follow package directions. Reapply every 2 hours while in the sun.
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully
Try to be less active during the hottest part of the day, late afternoon. If you must be out in the heat, plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. While outdoors, rest often in a shady area. Never leave kids or pets in a parked car.
If you are not used to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks. If activity in the heat makes your heart pound or leaves you gasping for breath, stop activity, get into a cool or shady area, and rest. Especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak or feel faint.
Use a Buddy System
During a heat wave, check on your friends and family and have someone do the same for you. If you know someone who is elderly or has a health condition, check on them twice a day during a heat wave. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
High temperatures can cause serious health problems. Know the symptoms of heat-related illness and be ready to help.
Warning: If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink, or if you take water pills, ask him or her how much you should drink when the weather is hot. If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.
The City of Santa Clarita also has a whole series of tips to beat the heat at Santa-Clarita.com.