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Emergency Management Emergency Preparedness Beat the Heat and Be Sun Safe
Beat the Heat and Be Sun Safe

Beat the Heat

During heat spells, making simple changes in your daily activities and staying cool can help you remain safe and healthy. 

Here are a few ways to Beat the Heat:

  • Drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages often. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
  • Stay indoors and, if possible, spend time in air-conditioned locations such as shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored cooling shelters. For a list of cooling centers, please visit the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county.
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion.
  • If you experience dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst you need to relax in a cooler, shaded place and drink water or a sports drink.
  • More severe symptoms (such as disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing) may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke.  Seek immediate medical attention. 

If you must be outdoors:

  • Try to limit your activity to  morning and evening hours when the temperature is cooler.
  • Cut down on exercise.
  • Try and rest often in shady areas.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and using sunscreen.
  • Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.

Although any one can suffer from heat-related illnesses, the following groups are at greater risk:

  • people aged 65 or older
  • infants and young children
  • people with chronic medical conditions.

NEVER leave a senior, child or pet in a closed car or any vehicle since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.

If you know seniors who live alone or people whose immune and/or respiratory systems are not working properly, check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool.