In light of temperatures projected to be in the low to mid-90s in parts of Long Beach this Thursday and Friday, Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mitchell Kushner has made specific recommendations to protect residents from the heat.
The heat may cause certain people to experience heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, especially those working or relaxing outdoors, according to a press release issued by the city Tuesday.
“Our big concern is that the humidity this week is forecasted to be relatively high, which makes it feel hotter than the temperature might suggest,” said Dr. Kushner. “Certain groups such as the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related illness. It’s particularly important for individuals to seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat, such as stores, malls, libraries, park centers, and theaters.”
Kushner advises individuals to:
- Remain hydrated and drink water before, during and after outdoor activity participation. Avoid alcohol or caffeine.
- Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
- Wear loose-fitting, light clothing and/or a wide-brimmed hat to cover face, neck and ears if outside.
- Apply sunscreen (SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least ever two hours, as sunscreen prevents skin cancer.
- Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day and limit time spent outside during the peak hours of the heat.
- Pace physical activities: start slowly and pick up pace gradually.
- Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, as chronic sun exposure can cause cataracts.
- Check on the frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
- Move to a cooler location at the first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in direct sunlight.
- Take care of pets, place them in shade if playing outdoors or make arrangements for pet care if headed out of town.
- Prevent children from drowning by ensuring adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds a pool or spa.
For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health. Should the City extend hours at park centers or other facilities for cooling centers, information will be posted on the Health Department’s website and through social media – www.facebook.com/lbdhhs and www.twitter.com/longbeachdhhs.