With warmer weather, extended daylight hours, and lots of outdoor activities to enjoy, El Dorado County health officials are offering hot weather safety tips. “Each summer brings the potential for heat waves that can be dangerous and cause serious medical problems. Being prepared is important,” said Kristine Oase Guth, Manager of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Preparedness unit.
According to Guth, the elderly, very young children, those with chronic medical conditions and individuals with inadequate air conditioning can be especially vulnerable to hot weather. However, everyone should take precautions when temperatures rise. The following are tips for staying cool and healthy during hot weather:
Additional hot weather safety tips are available at: www.edcgov.us/publichealth.
The Health and Human Services Agency, Community Services Division has programs to help low-income individuals make their homes more summer ready, including weatherization services and the repair or replacement of air conditioners or evaporative coolers. For information about these programs, and eligibility requirements, individuals may call (530) 621-6150 in Placerville or (530) 573-3490 in South Lake Tahoe or visit www.edcgov.us/humanservices.
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