Public Health provides heat safety tips as Kern County temperature rises

May 24, 2022 /

Kern County is expecting triple digit temperatures for this first time this year tomorrow afternoon. Because of this, Kern County Public Health is urging residents to protect themselves from the heat.

“Heat poses a substantial health risk, especially for vulnerable populations including young children, the elderly, those with chronic diseases or disabilities, and pregnant women,” Public Health wrote in a press release. “People suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to cool themselves properly. Heat-related illness includes cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and death. Warning signs of heat-related illnesses may include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, and nausea. Vomiting, paleness, fatigue, and dizziness can also be indicators of heat-related illness.

Tips to stay safe during heat risk:

  • Drink plenty of water, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar.
  • Avoid outdoor physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face and neck and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Regularly check on any elderly relatives or friends who live alone. Many may be on medications which increase likelihood of dehydration.
  • Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a rapid, strong pulse, you feel delirious or have a body temperature above 102 degrees. 
  • Never leave infants, children, elderly or pets in a parked car. It can take as little as 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to rise to levels that can kill.  
  • Visit this website to see if there are any Cooling Centers available in your area.

“Understanding the warning signs of heat-related illness is vitally important, as extreme heat can pose a significant risk to your health,” says Brynn Carrigan, Director of Public Health Services.  “As temperatures begin to rise in Kern County, I urge everyone to practice heat safety to prevent any heat-related tragedies.” 

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