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Extremely hot temperatures can result in death, especially among the elderly, very young, economically disadvantaged, and those with medical conditions such as heart and lung disease.
Extreme heat events are a common and recurring event in Placer County and any given summer may have a period of prolonged and sustained extreme heat. This can pose significant health hazards to the general public in terms of deaths (mortality) and non-fatal, yet adverse, health conditions, such as heat stress (morbidity). There are segments of the population that are more vulnerable to such conditions.
|The best defense is prevention. Here are some prevention tips: |
- Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level.
- Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library.
- Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
- Infants and young children
- People aged 65 or older
- People who have a mental illness
- Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.