HEAT PRECAUTIONS URGED DURING TRIPLE DIGIT TEMPERATURES
PASADENA, Calif--With temperatures expected to go above 100 degrees in parts of the desert, mountain, and valley areas of Los Angeles County, the Pasadena Fire Department reminds our residents, business owners and visitors to take precautions during periods of excessive heat. Air quality is also a concern and individuals with heart disease, asthma or other lung disease should minimize outdoor activity. Poor air quality can make people even more susceptible to heat-related illness.
Prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Also, never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in closed vehicles, since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.
If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the heat and stay hydrated. Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. Individuals with these symptoms should be removed to a cooler, shaded place and given water or sport drinks. More severe symptoms such as diminished judgment, disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke and require immediate medical attention.
Fire officials recommend several other ways to manage the heat:
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often, do not wait until you are thirsty and avoid drinking alcohol
- Offer help to those in your neighborhood with limited access to air conditioning and transportation, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently.
- During peak heat hours stay in air-conditioned areas. If your home or apartment does not have air conditioning, consider going to public buildings with air conditioning such as public libraries, community & senior centers or indoor shopping malls.
- Make sure you have emergency supplies, including extra water, flashlight and a battery operated radio. During emergencies, stay tuned to local news radio stations for updated emergency public information.
- During peak times of hot weather, avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous exercise, especially if you are outside or in a non-air conditioned building.
- Stay out of the sun if you don’t need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use sunscreen.
For further information please contact the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-7276 or go online to www.cityofpasadena.net.
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News Media Contact:
Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department Public Information Officer, (626) 744-7276