Hot Weather Health Tips for Residents in Contra Costa County

June 28, 2013 13:15 pm · 12 comments

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies can’t compensate and properly cool themselves.

Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs and lead to death. Even young and healthy individuals can succumb to heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.

Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If a home is not air-conditioned, people can reduce their risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned, such as a mall or movie theater.

Summertime activity, whether on the playing field or the construction site, must be balanced with measures that aid the body’s cooling mechanisms and prevent heat-related illness.

For information on locations where seniors and people with disabilities can go to cool off call 1-800-510-2020 if your in Contra Costa or call 925-229-8434 if you’re outside of Contra Costa.

For information about how to protect yourself during the current heat wave call the Contra Costa Health Services’ Health Emergency Information Line at 1-888-959-9911.

To get information on how to protect yourself from the hot weather call the California Office of Emergency Services toll free line at 1-877-435-7021.

1 TOB June 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Grew up in Phoenix, 118 today there. Reminder even if out and in the water keeping cool watch for heat stroke. Protect the top of your head. Be surprised how many people get faint keeping head exposed to direct heat.

2 ph mom June 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Please keep your pets cool, lots of water hose them down, give them a bath.
DO NOT LEAVE THEM LOCKED IN YOUR CAR

3 Gutenberg June 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

The library is a good place to keep cool, too.

4 jtkatec June 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Launch chair and sprinkler.

5 funny guy June 28, 2013 at 2:50 PM

what a bunch of wussies, just turn on yur a/c

6 Mama Dog June 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Disabled people like me with no AC and no way to get anywhere just lay here and suffer. It’s so hot in my house I can’t breathe today.

7 Anon2you June 28, 2013 at 3:41 PM

@ Mama Dog – Don’t you have someone you could call to come take you out to somewhere that is cooler?

8 Msk June 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

@Mama Dog
Are you ok–do you need someone there?

9 Msk June 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

don’t want you passing out in this heat. glad you’re ok.

10 Mama Dog June 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

No, I’m ok thanks! It’s just miserable here. I’m sucking water down and have taken about ten showers today.
Thank you for your concern.

11 Msk June 28, 2013 at 4:31 PM

:-)

12 tomymama June 28, 2013 at 8:54 PM

no disrespect intended….. :-)

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