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Tips to beat the heat, symptoms of heat stroke

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Temperatures in the Bay Area expected to soar beyond 100 degrees into next week. Here are some tips for dealing with the Bay Area heat wave and heat stroke symptoms.

  • Never leave infants, children, elderly or pets in a parked car. It can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to rise to levels that can kill.
  • Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you are not thirsty. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar because they will speed up fluid loss.
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, whenever possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, visit a cooling center to cool off for a few hours each day. Here’s a list of centers open during the heatwave that began Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.
  • Avoid outdoor physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, and keep physical activities to a minimum during that time.
  • Wear Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Put on sunglasses and sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face and neck, wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Do not bundle babies in blankets or heavy clothing: Infants do not tolerate heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed.
  • Regularly check on any elderly relatives or friends who live alone. Many may be on medications which increase the likelihood of dehydration.
  • If you feel very hot and to prevent overheating, use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths. Cool off by taking a cool bath or shower. Do not cool children in alcohol baths. Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best. Get medical attention if you experience a rapid, strong pulse, you feel delirious or have a body temperature above 102 degrees.
  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing: Keep cool in lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting clothing such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate.

Source: California Department of Public Health, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services

https://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-heat-wave-tips-to-beat-the-heat-symptoms-of-heat-stroke

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