El Dorado County health officials are offering tips to stay cool and healthy during the coming summer months. "When temperatures rise, it's important to take precautions to protect yourself, your family and others," said Kristine Oase Guth, Program Manager in the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency.
The potential for heat waves occurs each summer and, according to Guth, these heat waves can be extremely dangerous, particularly for the elderly, very young and people with chronic medical conditions. Residents without adequate air conditioning may also have heat-related problems if they aren't careful. "If your home doesn't have good air conditioning, find a relative or other place in the community such as a public building or a shopping center where the air conditioning is working," said Guth.
Hot weather safety tips include the following:
· 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 doesn't have sufficient air conditioning, visit a friend, relative or other location such as a library, grocery store or shopping center where air conditioning is working.
· Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat.
· Never leave a child, elderly person or animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. Temperatures can rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes.
· Check on neighbors, relatives and friends, particularly those who are isolated.
For more information and additional tips, please visit www.edcgov.us/publichealth.