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City Offers Tips to Beat the Heat

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

From the city of San Juan Capistrano:

Several inland Orange County communities are expected to record high temperatures of over 100 degrees this week, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses for people who are more sensitive to the heat.

Prolonged exposure to excessive temperatures can cause serious conditions like heat exhaustion or heat stroke and can even be fatal, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. 

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness. Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse, and a throbbing headache. 

If symptoms of heat stroke occur, call for medical assistance immediately. Move the person to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water.

Remember the following precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink plenty of water; don't wait until you are thirsty
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, when in the sun and use sunscreen
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion 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 high 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 such as shopping malls and libraries to stay cool

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