Santa Rosa, CA – September 9, 2015 – The
National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Bay Area, including
Sonoma County, warning of high temperatures today and through the end of the
week. Inland temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and low 100s while
temperatures closer to the coast will remain milder. Temperatures are predicted
to cool off during the evening and nighttime hours.
County Department of Health Services reminds residents that excessive heat
poses a significant health risk, particularly to the elderly, young children,
pregnant women and those with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses range
from cramps and heat exhaustion to heat stroke and, in extreme cases, even
death. Warning signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, muscle
cramps, tiredness or dizziness, nausea or vomiting, headache or weakness.
check the temperature in your area please visit the National Weather Service
for updated information.
can protect yourself and those around you by following these guidelines:
- DRINK - Drink plenty of cool
fluids, even if you are not physically active and even if you are not thirsty. Avoid
caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.
- DRESS - Wear lightweight,
light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Add a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and
sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
- DECREASE - Limit physical
activity and stay indoors in an air-conditioned space. If you do not have air
conditioning, visit public spaces such as the library, mall, or community
center. If you must be physically active, lower your intensity and take frequent
rest breaks in the shade.
- DEFEND - If you must do work
outside, try to schedule it during the early mornings or evenings, after it has
cooled down. During the heat of the day,
stay in shaded areas. Monitor coworkers and ask them to do the same for you.
Check on the elderly, infants and young children frequently. Check on those with
medical illnesses or those who are on medication.
- DEMONSTRATE - Use common sense. Make
sure animals and pets have plenty of fresh water and shade. Consider bringing
pets inside and consider wetting down outside animals.
- DON'T - Do NOT leave any
person or pet in a parked car for any length of time for any reason.
more detailed information on dealing with heat emergencies, visit the Sonoma
County Department of Health Services’ Heat Emergencies page: http://www.sonoma-county.org/health/topics/heat.asp