Triple-digit temperatures are expected for the coming week starting on Wednesday, weather officials said.
Due to a large high-pressure system expanding into the area, temperatures could reach 104 degrees continuing through Aug. 1.
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In conjunction with the forecasted high temperatures come elevated risks for fire, as well as health hazards.
Los Angeles County Fire Department officials warn residents against the use of anything that could cause a spark, such as a weedwhacker or throwing cigarette butts out the window.
Residents are also asked to be aware of their surroundings, have an evacuation plan ready and not hesitate to call 911 if they see smoke, said Stephanie English, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokeswoman.
It is also important to review the “Ready Set Go” guide, which is available at all fire stations, as well as the fire department website, she said.
Various health risks also come into place when the temperatures reach such high peaks so certain precautions should be taken.
Drinking more water than usual and avoiding sugar, alcohol and caffeine, wearing light-colored clothing and a hat when outdoors to keep the body cooler and taking frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas are some precautions that the public can take to prevent heat illnesses, officials said.
Knowing and being able to recognize the symptoms of heat illness are important and include symptoms such as headache, thirst and muscle cramps. Serious symptoms include weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, a fast-paced, weak pulse, nausea and fainting.
In worst-case scenarios, severe symptoms can be constituted of hot and red, dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweating that has ceased and unconsciousness. If these symptoms occur and are left untreated they could lead to fatal heat stroke.
Excessively hot temperatures can be stressful to animals and humans; therefore officials warn residents to never leave children or pets unattended in cars.
Public places that have air conditioning include libraries, community centers, government buildings, malls and special refuge stations.
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Source: Santa Clarita News