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BE PREPARED FOR THE HEAT

Post Date:06/16/2017 5:01 PM

 

 

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N E W S  R E L E A S E 

Contact:
Ed Hill – 559-584-1401

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 16, 2017

BE PREPARED FOR THE HEAT

 Residents are advised to stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

HANFORD - The Kings County Health Department reminded residents today that summer’s hot temperatures are just ahead.  People living in Kings County are very familiar with the San Joaquin Valley’s typical hot dry summer weather and most people adapt to the heat within a couple of weeks.  The increasing numbers of air conditioning in homes, schools, businesses and vehicles has certainly made the heat much more bearable than what previous generations had to endure.

Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health.  On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States.  Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.

Take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke:

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Contact the Kings County Department of Public Health at 559-584-1401 or www.countyofkings.com/health to locate an air-conditioned Cool Place in your area.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Stay informed
  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Visit https://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html to find tips for preventing heat sickness.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.


 

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages all residents to learn the signs and first aid response for heat-related illness.  Warning signs and symptoms vary but may include:

Heat Exhaustion                                                                   

Symptoms


  • Heavy sweating
  • Weakness
  • Skin cold, pale, and clammy
  • Weak pulse
  • Fainting and vomiting

What You Should Do

    • Move to a cooler location.
    • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
    • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
    • Sip water.
    • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

     

    Heat Stroke

    Symptoms

  • High body temperature (above 103°F)*
  • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
  • Rapid and strong pulse
  • Possible unconsciousness

     

    *104°F taken rectally is the most accurate

    What You Should Do

  • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
  • Move the person to a cooler environment.
  • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
  • Do NOT give fluids.

Cool Places will be open throughout the county.  Cool Places are air-conditioned buildings open to the public during regular business hours.

  • Armona Community Branch Library – 11115 C Street; 559-583-5005
  • Armona Senior Center – 10953 14th Avenue; 559-852-4615
  • Avenal Branch Library – 501 East Kings Street; 559-386-5741
  • Corcoran Branch Library – 1001-A Chittenden Ave; 559-992-3314
  • Hanford Branch Library – 401 N. Douty Street; 559-582-0261
  • Hanford Mall – 1675 W Lacey Blvd; 559-583-1200
  • Kettleman City Branch Library – 104 Becky Pease Street; 559-386-9804
  • Lemoore Branch Library – 457 C Street; 559-924-2188
  • Stratford Branch Library – 20300 Main Street; 559-947-3003

For more information on extreme heat, call 559-584-1401 or visit www.countyofkings.com/health .

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