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Beat The Heat With These Tips

June 27, 2018

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on average, more people are killed by heat in the U.S. than are by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and lightning combined.

So as the temperatures soar in Solano County and across the state, it will become more common for the National Weather Service to issue Excessive Heat Watch warnings (as it did recently). An Excessive Heat Watch means that a prolonged period of hot temperatures are expected and will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

During these periods, as well as throughout the hot summer months, it's worth remembering a few important tips to beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay in temperature controlled environments, limit your time in the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to the early morning or evening.
  • Be aware of signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke including red, hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitted clothing when possible.
  • Young children and pets should NEVER be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when vehicle interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

In California, soaring temperature and gusty winds add another danger: wild fires.

Take the following precautions to avoid fire risks:

  • Know the wildfire risk in your community and prepare an emergency plan in advance.
  • Don't drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush.
  • Practice safe towing.
  • Avoid power equipment that creates sparks.
  • Properly discard cigarettes.
  • Obey burn bans.
  • Evacuate if ordered to do so by local officials

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