The Acting Health Officer for the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department), Dr. Mauro Torno, is advising residents to take precautions against the heat this weekend and beyond with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the mid-90s in parts of Long Beach and even higher in other parts of Southern California from today through Monday, Sept. 15.
"It's important for people to be familiar with and practice heat precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illness and injury, especially while participating in outdoor activities," Dr. Torno said.
The elderly, those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions. However everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat related illness and injury:
Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities
Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors
Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you’ll be outside
Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol
Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat
Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually
Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts
Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, etc. All Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers are designated cooling centers.
Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat
Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps) rest and slowly drink a cool liquid
Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight
Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink
Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa
For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health