City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued an excessive heat warning that will go into effect this Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10 a.m. to Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9 p.m. For Long Beach, temperatures are expected to reach between 90 and 105 degrees beginning today through Saturday.
In light of the higher temperatures, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is providing residents and visitors with tips on how to stay healthy while enjoying the great outdoors during the hot summer weather.
“With triple digit temperatures predicted for the weekend, we want to be smart and avoid accidents and injuries,” said City Health Officer Anissa Davis. “By being aware and taking a few precautions, we can all stay safe and have a fun time too.”
The community is encouraged to seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat hours at stores, malls, and theaters. To provide the public with relief from the heat, City libraries and recreation centers are used as cooling centers. Residents can sit and enjoy air conditioning during normal business hours at these facilities. All Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers are designated cooling centers. For a list of Community Centers and their hours, visit: https://bit.ly/2u4oCh9.
On warmer days, the community is advised to do the following:
Drink plenty of fluids.
Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
Stay cool indoors or at a designated cooling center.
Use a buddy system.
Monitor those at high risk.
Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include:
It is important for those at higher risk to drink plenty of fluids, avoid overexertion, and get a doctor or pharmacist's advice about medications taken for high blood pressure, depression, nervousness, mental illness, insomnia, or poor circulation. They should also limit sun exposure during midday hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches.
Thousands of Americans drown each year, and thousands more are injured or killed in boating accidents. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children age 14 and under. The community is advised to take these precautions for safe summer fun in the water:
For the latest information on recreational water quality, visit the Health Department’s website at http://www.longbeach.gov/health/inspections-and-reporting/inspections/recreational-water-samples/.
Summer is the season for outdoor barbecues and picnics. However, food-related illness can put a damper on those outdoor festivities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 76 million Americans get sick from food-related illness every year. More than 300,000 end up hospitalized and about 5,000 die each year from foodborne illness. Residents and visitors are advised to protect themselves and their family and friends in these ways:
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.
About Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
The mission of the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is to improve quality of life by promoting a safe and healthy community in which to live, work and play. Long Beach Health is one of only three city-run health departments in California, which allows for better engagement with residents, neighborhoods, businesses and community partners, and fosters a greater understanding of the City's strengths. For more information, visit us at www.longbeach.gov/health, "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.