Cooling centers open doors in county
visalia – Two weeks ago there was a downpour and average temperatures hovered in the 80’s. Now, people are running to their air conditioners trying to catch some relief with temperatures reaching between 105 and 115. But for anyone without the luxury of an AC unit, hot summer days can be a real problem. That is why the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) has issued a excessive heat warning and is pointing people toward County cooling centers.
Common symptoms of heat-related illnesses include: Profuse sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, dim or blurred vision, cold, damp skin, extreme tiredness, nausea and hot, dry skin
Community members should protect themselves against heat-related illnesses during high heat conditions by following these recommended measures:
• NEVER leave any person or animal in parked vehicles. Temperatures can exceed 120 degrees within 10 minutes, resulting in serious illness or death.
• Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
• Use air conditioning or spend time in air-conditioned locations like malls or libraries.
• Take a cool bath or shower periodically, or apply cool towels to cool down your body.
• Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms.
• Avoid unnecessary physical activity if you are outside or in a hot building.
• Avoid going out in the heat and direct sunlight if you can, or rest often in shady areas.
• When exposed to direct sunlight, wear a head covering.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
• Eat salt-free, light, and easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salad; avoid heavy meals.
• Keep electric lights down low or turned off and avoid using your oven.
• Keep shades drawn and blinds closed but windows slightly open (if without A/C)
• Ask your physician if you need to make changes to daily medications when exposed to high temperatures.
Tulare County and cities are offering Cooling Centers during the hot daytime hours for those who don’t have air conditioning. The list of Cooling Centers is available at tchhsa.org/eng/index.cfm/news/cooling-centers, or call 2-1-1 of Tulare County.