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Posted on: June 27, 2023

Public Health Reminds Residents to Prepare for Hot Summer Weather

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Public Health Reminds Residents to Prepare for Hot Summer Weather

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – As the summer season kicks into full gear, Butte County is bracing for the arrival of the first heat wave of the year. Butte County Public Health (BCPH) would like to remind residents to take necessary precautions and prepare for the upcoming hot weather conditions to ensure their health and well-being.

The National Weather Service is predicting several consecutive days of high temperatures, starting Friday, June 30, lasting through Monday, July 3. Daytime temperatures are expected to reach between 104° to 110°. It is crucial that everyone, especially vulnerable individuals such as older adults, young children, pregnant women, people who work outside, people who are socially isolated and those with pre-existing health conditions, take steps to stay safe and cool during this period.

Heat-related illnesses happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself and may include: cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. Warning signs of heat-related illnesses may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache and nausea. Additional symptoms for heat stroke include a high body temperature, rapid pulse and hot, dry skin.

If you or someone you know is suffering from heat-related illness, immediately move the affected person to a cooler location and attempt to reduce body temperature by loosening clothes, applying a cold compress and drinking water. If you suspect a person is suffering from a heat stroke, immediately call 911 and do not give them fluids to drink.

To help residents cope with the upcoming heat wave, BCPH recommends the following tips:

•    Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty

•    Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks

•    Limit exercise and strenuous work during the hottest part of the day

•    Rest often in shady areas

•    Reschedule outdoor activities

•    Stay indoors where air conditioning is available (pets included)

•    Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

•    Take short, cool showers during the day to cool off

•    Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car – look before you lock

•    Check on vulnerable individuals, including older adults and those who live alone

Pets are also at risk for heat-related illness. Protect your pets from extreme heat by providing ample shade and water, limiting exercise, and never leaving your pet in a parked car. Watch for signs of heat stroke, including: heavy panting, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lack of coordination, vomiting, lethargy, and profuse salivation.

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