Contra Costa Health Reminds Residents to Take Precautions for Weekend Heat
Thursday, September 1, 2022
With temperatures above 100 degrees expected across much of Contra Costa County this Labor Day weekend, it is a healthy choice to take precautions and factor heat safety into your plans.
Contra Costa Health (CCH) recommends staying inside in an air-conditioned space during the hottest part of the day, if possible. For locations and hours of air-conditioned spaces open to the public in the county, visit contracosta.ca.gov and click the Heat Safety Tips link.
"Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially when it goes on for several days in a row," said Dr. Ori Tzvieli, Contra Costa County Health Officer. "We urge everyone in the county to take the forecast into account as they make their weekend plans and takes steps to protect themselves and their loved ones."
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for inland parts of the Bay Area from Thursday through Tuesday next week, with temperatures in central and eastern Contra Costa County forecast to exceed 105 degrees on some days.
Other tips to stay healthy and safe in hot weather include hydration – drink more water than you think you need, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.
People who must go out should avoid strenuous activity if possible, such as running or heavy exercise, during the hottest part of the day. Take frequent breaks, stay in shade when possible, and wear appropriate clothing. Light-colored, loose-fitting clothes with a hat and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher is recommended.
Older adults and young children, particularly infants younger than 6 months, are particularly vulnerable to overheating in hot weather – check on them frequently to ensure they are safe and healthy.
Keep home cooler by drawing shades and blinds and keeping windows and doors shut, and by keeping off the stove and other electrical appliances when possible.
People who are experiencing homelessness and need help can connect with services by calling 211 anywhere in Contra Costa County.
Visit cchealth.org/heat for more information about staying health in hot weather, including tips for staying cool and information about heat illness. Visit weather.gov for an up-to-date forecast for your area from the National Weather Service.
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