Burnin' Up A Heat Wave, So Find A Cooling Center! - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Burnin' Up A Heat Wave, So Find A Cooling Center!

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If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat: Avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the burning rays are strongest, reduce physical activity, wear a wide brimmed hat and light colored lightweight, loose fitting clothes when you are outdoors, avoid hot, heavy meals that include proteins.  Set your air conditioner between 75° to 80°. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility. Check on elderly neighbors and family and friends who do not have air conditioning. Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol. Use sun screen with a sun protection factor of at least 15 if you need to be in the sun. Don’t forget about your pets; they need plenty of water and shade. Insulate your home by installing weather stripping around your doors and window sills to keep the cool air inside.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.

Click HERE on the following link for an interactive map of the cooling centers.

The Weather Service is urging people to reschedule strenuous activities for the early morning or evening hours and to prepare shady areas for animals and people working outdoors.

Heat may worsen the affects of poor air quality in areas of heavy smog. If you plan to be outdoors, take precautions to protect yourself from the heat.

Helpful Links for your county:

Los Angeles County: Also check the list of current Cooling Centers and hours of operations or call 211 or visit: http://www.211la.org.

Riverside County, San Bernardino County and OC/Ventura County information is also available.

For information on heat illness symptoms, first aid tips, and other heat-related information, please visit: http://lacoa.org/ht_extreme%20heat.htm.
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