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2012

Prepare for Hot Days Ahead
 
Department:
 
Public Health

Date:
8/7/2012
Contact:
Kristine Oase

Phone:
(530) 621-7582

  El Dorado County Public Health officials are urging residents to prepare for hot weather ahead.  “When temperatures reach into and above 100 degrees, it is important to drink plenty of water, limit physical exertion and stay indoors in an air-conditioned location as much as possible,” said Dr. Robert Hartmann, El Dorado County Health Officer.  “Although nearly everyone is uncomfortable in high heat, some people are more vulnerable than others.” 

The elderly, very young and those with chronic medical conditions may be particularly susceptible to high temperatures.  Residents without adequate air conditioning may also experience heat-related problems if they are not careful. “If your home does not have good air conditioning, find a relative or other location in the community, such as a public building or a shopping center where air conditioning is working,” said Dr. Hartmann. “Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.”  

The El Dorado County Department of Health and Human Services Agency, Community Services Division has programs to assist low-income individuals with summer heat planning.  One program is available to make homes more energy efficient and to repair or replace air conditioners or evaporative coolers.  For more information on this program, or to see if you qualify, individuals may call (530) 621-6333 or (530) 621-6150 in Placerville or (530) 573-3490 in South Lake Tahoe or visit www.edcgov.us/humanservices.

Dr. Hartmann offers the following tips on how to stay cool and healthy during hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and low-calorie sports drinks, to replace salts and minerals lost through sweating.
  •  Stay indoors in an air conditioned building.  If your home does not have sufficient air conditioning, visit a friend, relative or other location in the community, including libraries, grocery stores or shopping centers where the air conditioning is working.
  • Limit outdoor activities to early morning and late evening.
  • Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat.
  • Never leave a child or an animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes.  Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes.
  • Check in on neighbors, relatives and friends, particularly those who may be isolated.

For more information and additional tips to stay cool and healthy during the summer, visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth. 

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