By Ian Hanigan
Here we go again. More scorchers are on the way in Irvine and elsewhere in Southern California, and with them comes an increased risk of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, particularly for those sensitive to higher temps.
The Orange County Health Care Agency is once again advising the following:
- Drink plenty of water, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and use sunscreen.
- Avoid strenuous activities if you are outside or in non-air conditioned buildings. If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.
- Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles.
- Check on those who are at a higher risk to make sure they are staying cool, including seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease and young children.
- Stay cool indoors. If your home is not air-conditioned, visit public facilities including shopping malls and libraries to stay cool.
The agency says signs of heat exhaustion can include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness. If you experience these symptoms, move to a cool location, …read more
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