City Health Officials Offer Tips Amid Expected High Heat and Humidity this Week

Some of you may have noticed a little rain this morning, however, Long Beach residents may want to instead take precautions against higher temperatures and humidity predicted throughout the region this week as it can pose a threat to the elderly and young children, according to city health officials.

The National Weather Service is forecasting highs in the 80s to low 90s in parts of Long Beach, as well as high humidity, according to a release from the city. Residents should take precautions particularly from Wednesday, August 2 through Sunday, August 6.

“High heat and humidity cause the body to work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature, which is why it is important to practice heat precautions to protect from heat-related illness and injury,” said City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis in a statement.

Pets can experience heat-related illness and injury and the elderly, especially those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at an even greater risk, according to health officials.

The city’s DHHS has recommended the following precautions to protect from heat-related illness and injury:

  • Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at places such as stores, malls, and theaters. All Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers are designated cooling centers. For a list of Community Centers and hours of operation, visit http://bit.ly/LongBeachCoolingCenters.
  • Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat.
  • Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in direct sunlight.
  • Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink.
  • Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck when outside.
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours. Sunscreen prevents skin cancer.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol.
  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day. Limit time outside during peak heat.
  • Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually.
  • Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts.
  • Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness that may include: dizziness, nausea, headaches, and muscle cramps. Rest and slowly drink a cool liquid.
  • Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa.

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