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Beat the Heat

June 10, 2017

American Red Cross heat wave safety tips:

Prepare.  Discuss heat safety precautions wit members of your household.  Have a plan for what to do if the power goes out.

Dress for the heat.  Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.  Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.  Wear a hat or use an umbrella.

Stay hydrated.  Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty.  Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine which dehydrate the body.

Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.  If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 am and 7:00 am.  Take frequent breaks.

Stay indoors when possible.  If air-conditioning is not available, stay om the lowest floor out of the sunshine.  Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.

Be a good neighbor.  During heat waves, check in on family, friends and neighbors who are elderly or ill and those who do not have air conditioning.  Check on your animals frequently, too, to make sure that the are not suffering from the heat.

On especially hot days, cool off at the Civic Park Community Center (Senior Center) at 1375 Civic Drive, a designated Cit of Walnut Creek cooling station.



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