The Office of Public Information, in coordination with the California Department of Public Health, issued a press release urging Californians to drink plenty of water, wear light, loose-fitting clothes and take other actions that can prevent heat related death and illness as many parts of California experience a significant warming trend.
Locally special cooling centers are only opened during specific heat emergencies, but there are many ways we can stay cool during hot summer days.
· Visit a friend or relative who has air conditioning
· Go shopping
· Visit the library
· Take a cool shower
· Go to the public pool
Spending just a few hours in a cool air conditioned area can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Other tips include avoiding caffeine and alcohol and drinking plenty of water; prepare light meals to avoid using your stove and oven this will help keep your home cooler. If you must be outdoors wear appropriate clothing and most importantly use sunscreen.
Remember to take extra precautions to protect those that are more susceptible to the heat; the elderly, small children, chronic invalids, those on certain medications or drugs, and persons with weight and alcohol problems. Lastly, don’t forget about your pets and livestock make sure they have adequate shade and fresh drinking water.
Protect and prepare yourself for excessive heat and remember to be a good neighbor and check on those that you know live alone.
For information, please contact Norma Torres-Manriquez, administrative analyst for the City of Riverbank at 209-863-7153.