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Sheriff's Department Encourages Residents To Stay Cool

Sheriff’s Department Encourages Residents To Stay Cool

The Santa Clarita Valley is in the throes of the dog days of summer. With temperatures in the triple digits and not expected cool significantly in the near future, it is important for residents to know how to best handle the heat.


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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department issued a heat advisory, asking the public to take precaution during the triple digit days. The department offers the following tips:

 

  • Check on family, friends and neighbors in need who may have limited air conditioning. Check frequently on elderly and any ill persons. If possible, transport people to cooler locations. Heat injuries increase with age, so adults must take extra precautions.

  • Extracurricular activities or sports should be reduced if possible to the morning and evening hours when the heat is at its coolest for the day. Athletes and others who must practice should take extra precautions during the heat such as drinking water or electrolyte sports drinks frequently and avoid sweetened drinks.

  • Outside workers should also have water often. Be sure to drink water before feeling thirsty to avoid dehydration. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, increased thirst and faintness. Severe signs of dehydration may include disorientation, pale and clammy skin, rapid/weak pulse, and fast/shallow breathing.

  • Everyone, especially coaches, teachers and employers, should be aware of these signs and keep an eye on the people around them in case one should suffer from dehydration.

  • Runners and other active people should refrain from exercising, gardening and doing other leisure activities during peak heat hours.

  • Do not drink alcohol or caffeine because they contribute to water loss.

  • Stay indoors with air conditioning or relocate to a place with a cooler air system during peak hours.

  • Fans and opening windows are not reliable for cooling down, to prevent heat related complications use the air conditioner. If you have concerns due to reduced income, call 866-675-6623 to learn about their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or contact your utility provider.

  • Be sure to use sunscreen, wear sunglasses, light colored clothing, long sleeves, a hat and loose fitted clothing to prevent sun damage and skin irritation.

  • Stay out of the sun unless you must go outside.

  • Infants and Children are easily dehydrated so make sure they are given water often. Unattended children left in a vehicle is illegal and can result in health problems including death. Keep children in the shade and cool areas as much as possible.

  • Do not leave pets in vehicles unattended even with windows cracked. They should be given water often, shade and out of the sun. Do not leave pets in insulated areas such as garages due to lack of ventilation.


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Cooling centers can be located by calling the L.A. County Information line at 211 from a landline or cell phone within the county. For those planning to visit a cooling center, call ahead to confirm there is available seating. If there is no seating, check the list for other centers nearest you or call the information line for additional assistance.

 

A map of L.A. County Cooling Centers can be found here.

 

Local libraries also offer temporary relief from the heat and have other resources available to the public.

For more tips and information click here.



Source: Santa Clarita News


Sheriff’s Department Encourages Residents To Stay Cool

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