Governor Urges Californians to Prepare for Hot Weather
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued the following statement to remind Californians to take precautions and prepare for increased temperatures through the week:
“This week’s rising temperatures should remind everyone to prepare for California’s summer heat waves. By following simple steps such as drinking an adequate amount of water, staying indoors during the hottest times of the day and pacing yourself when outside, we can all keep cool and safely enjoy the outdoors during hot weather,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I have directed my Administration to ensure that the state stands ready to assist local governments in the event this hot weather continues.”
Californians should use the following tips to stay cool:
- Increase your fluid intake, especially water, regardless of your activity level. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea.
- If you or someone you know is feeling ill from the heat, remove them from the heat immediately, offer water and seek medical help or call 911.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Check on neighbors, family members and pets to ensure they are not being harmed by the heat.
- Turn on air conditioning, swamp coolers, portable or ceiling fans to help keep rooms cooler.
- Visit malls, theaters, and other public places that are air-conditioned if a person doesn’t have his or her own air conditioning.
To reduce the risk of heat illness for those working outdoors, drink plenty of water (at least one quart per hour) and take necessary breaks in the shade for at least five minutes when a preventative recovery period is needed. Employers must also ensure all employees are trained about heat illness prevention before they begin working.
Additional tips on preparing for heat-related emergencies are available on the following web sites:
- California Emergency Management Agency: http://www.calema.ca.gov
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH): http://www.cdph.ca.gov
- California Division of Occupational Safety and Health: http://www.dir.ca.gov/HeatIllnessInfo