Summer may be behind us, but the summer heat is still lingering. Heat waves are dangerous to California’s environment and can be hazardous to your health.
These five tips will help you and your family stay safe during the fall heat.
1. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is the most important step in staying safe on a hot day. You’ll need to drink more water than usual to avoid dehydration. To prevent dehydration, drink enough water throughout the day so that you don’t feel thirsty. Fruits also have hydrating abilities, so eat them as a snack or incorporate fruit into meals to stay hydrated.
2. Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Alcoholic and caffeinated beverages may seem to quench your thirst, but they are actually extremely dehydrating. During hot days, avoid these drinks and substitute water instead. Add fruit to your water for extra flavor.
3. Stay out of the heat
The easiest way to avoid the heat is to head indoors. Close your windows and turn on the air conditioning in your home to keep it cool. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to a public place such as an indoor mall, library, or movie theater. Public buildings are likely to be air-conditioned and keep you cool.
4. Learn the signs of heat exhaustion
Help yourself and others stay safe in the heat by knowing the signs of heat exhaustion and stroke. Feeling extremely tired, pale skin, nausea, and dizziness are all signs of heat exhaustion. If you notice these symptoms, move to a cool place indoors immediately. Drink a cold sports drink to restore electrolytes. If a person begins to lose consciousness, they may be experiencing a heat stroke. If this occurs, call 911 immediately.
5. Be aware of fire dangers
California is known for wildfires during heat waves. The drought and heat cause plants to dry up and be extremely flammable. Keep up with weather reports and local news to know potential fire dangers in your area.