County Health and Human Services Agency
Offers Tips, Resources for Staying Cool and Healthy
to Take Precautions in Hot Weather
Following a heat warning from the National Weather Service,
the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) urges
the public to take precautions to stay safe and healthy in the heat.
Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
....“Hot temperatures and high humidity increase the likelihood of heat illnesses, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke,” says Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H, County Public Health Officer. “The County has many air-conditioned Cool Zones available to the public.” HHSA Aging and Independence Services’ Cool Zone program offers 150 locations where anyone can beat the heat. Call toll free 1-800-510-2020 for information.
Recommendations for the heat wave:
.. 1- Residents are strongly encouraged to drink plenty of fluids, stay out of the sun, and take advantage of the County’s Cool Zones program, says Wooten.
SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE INCLUDE:
.....Body temperature exceeding 103 degrees, lack of sweating, rapid pulse, headache, nausea, confusion, and even unconsciousness. If someone is suffering from these symptoms, cool the victim rapidly, to 101 or 102 degrees, and call 911.
Warning signs of heat stroke include:
.. • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F)
What Can be done:
.. If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim.
By Making a Report You Can Save a Life!
.. If you see a child , an elderly or a pet left unattended in a vehicle, you are urged to immediately call 9-1-1.
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