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Staying safe in a heat wave
Health, People, Pets, Weather
Staying safe in a heat wave

Five days of 100 degree+ heat are in the forecast through the weekend and until the 4th of July. That's dangerous heat for both people and pets, warns the Yolo County Health Department.

Health officials and animal welfare experts are reminding residents in West Sacramento and throughout the county to protect themselves and their pets, says county spokeswoman Beth Gabor in a press release.

Especially vulnerable, say experts, are:

  • the elderly (people 65 years old and older)
  • children under the age of 4
  • anyone whose job requires him or her to work outdoors
  • people who are overweight, sick, or may be taking medications that make them especially heat sensitive or susceptible to dehydration.
  • dogs tied up in yards
  • dogs left in cars while owners shop

During the heat wave, cooler night temperatures should bring some relief, but during the day if you don't have air conditioning, the West Sacramento Community Center is available as a 'cooling' center should you feel overcome by heat.

Other options include staying with a friend or relative during the hottest part of the day, or going to any air conditioned public building, such as the Turner Library, Walmart, a restaurant or a movie theater.

Tips for beating the heat:

  • Never leave a person or animal in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. The inside temperature can rise to deadly levels in minutes.
  • Drink a lot of fluids, especially water (but not alcohol).
  • During the day's hottest hours, stay in an air conditioned building.
  • Avoid heavy exertion in the heat.
  • Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and sunscreen.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals.
  • If you become lightheaded, feel confused or experience any other symptoms of heat exhaustion, get to a cool area until you feel better
  • Pets need extra water and shade
  • Check on vulnerable neighbors to see if they need help.

-- Contact Carol Bogart at 3bogart@gmail.com with West Sac-related press releases and events. High resolution jpeg attachments are appreciated.

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