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1:20 PM, Jun 27, 2013   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA -  With another heat wave upon Northern California beginning Friday, here is advice for keeping cool (or at least a little cooler) and preventing heat-related illness:

• Drink more fluids - especially water - and more than you think you need. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.

• Children up to age 4, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.

• Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in a vehicle, not even for a moment.

• Outdoor workers require special precautions during excessive heat conditions and employers must follow California's heat illness prevention regulations (PDF: California heat illness prevention regulations

• Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing. If planning to be outdoors, avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body's ability to cool itself.

• Don't over exert. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you don't have access to air conditioned space at home, go to a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center or a cooling center if one is available.

• A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures a safer levels. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, an electric fan will not prevent heat-related illness.

• Provide pets with a cool place and plenty of water

• Call 911 in the event of a true health emergency

Warning signs of heat exhaustion include:

· Heavy sweating
· Paleness
· Muscle cramps
· Tiredness
· Weakness
· Dizziness
· Headache
· Nausea or vomiting
· Fainting

Warning signs for heat stroke are severe and include:

· High body temperature
· Absence of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin
· Rapid pulse
· Difficulty breathing
· Strange behavior
· Hallucinations
· Confusion
· Agitation
· Disorientation
· Seizure
· Coma

If you or someone else is experiencing any of the above heat stroke symptoms, don't delay: call 911.

Cooling centers

Modesto: When temperatures reach 100 degrees and more, The Salvation Army opens a cooling center at the Berberian Homeless Shelter at 9th and D streets from noon to 4 p.m. daily. Water is provided. The center opens beginning Friday, June 28.

This summer is going to be critical to California's power consumption. Residents can track the state's energy usage in real-time through an app called ISO Today. The app is available in the Apple App Store and the Andriod Play Store.

Cal EMA and City of Sacramento

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