Author: SuperUser Account/Saturday, September 19, 2015/Categories: Children, Health, Pets, Utilities, Weather
Heat kills by pushing the human body to or beyond its limits. In extreme heat the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for humans who don't take the proper precautions.
Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. You may also consider visiting a Riverside County Cooling Center to beat the heat. For more information on Riverside County Cooling Centers, please visit: www.capriverside.org or www.rvcfire.org.
Tips if the weather is extremely hot:
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
Postpone outdoor games and activities.
Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
Drink plenty of water; even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
Don’t forget to consider your pets during extreme heat. Asphalt temperatures can be extremely dangerous for pets and even cause burns to their paws. If keeping your pet inside with plenty of water isn’t possible, be sure to provide plenty of water and a shaded area outside. For more information on pet safety during extreme heat, please visit: www.rcdas.org
Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. During many of Riverside Counties winter storms they are not accompanied by any snow, but may bring dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.
Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.
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