With daily high temperatures forecast to to reach triple digits frequently in the days leading up to and beyond July 4th, Siskiyou County Public Health released a list of suggestions for dealing with the heat. List of community cooling centers included.
Siskiyou County Public Health officials released an excessive heat warning Thursday as daily high temperatures throughout the county are forecast to reach triple digits frequently in the days leading up to and beyond July 4th.
The county has teamed with local Community Resource Centers to establish air-conditioned cooling centers where those in need can escape the heat.
A press release from the county pointed to heat stroke as the most serious heat-related illness and listed the following possible symptoms: altered mental state; red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache and unconsciousness.
“Without immediate treatment and cooling, people with heat stroke can die,” according to the release. “Heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, weakness, nausea and can turn into heat stroke if the person is not cooled down soon. Excessive heat may also cause fainting and heat cramps.”
Health conditions that can increase the risk for heat-related illness and death are listed as: obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, certain medications and drug and alcohol use. “Excessive heat can also increase the risk of heart attacks and related conditions.”
Public Health gives the following suggestions during times of excessive heat:
• Get plenty to drink
• Drink more water.
• Avoid caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee, energy drinks and sodas).
• Avoid alcohol.
• Avoid sugary drinks (which are dehydrating).
• Stay cool indoors
• Stay in an air conditioned area, if possible.
• If you don’t have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public place such as indoor shopping facilities and county libraries. Cooling shelters have been established at Community Resource Centers and libraries in your area.
• A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off.
• Swamp coolers and fans may not sufficiently prevent heat illness during extreme heat.
• Wear light clothing and sunscreen
• Choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
• A wide-brimmed hat will keep your head cool.
• Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and reapply every two hours while in the sun (all skin types).
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully
• Try to be less active during the midday and late afternoon, the hottest part of the day.
• Rest often in a shady area.
• Never leave kids or pets in a parked car.
• Pace yourself
• Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks in a cool or shaded place.
• If your heart pounds, you become out of breath, lightheaded, confused, weak or feel faint, stop your activity, drink water or juice, and rest in a cool or shady area.
• Use the buddy system
• Check on your friends and family and have someone do the same for you.
• Check on the elderly and people with health conditions twice a day during a heat wave.
Designated air conditioned cooling zones have been established in Siskiyou County communities. The following locations are all prepared to accommodate those trying to escape the heat:
• Dunsmuir Community Resource Center, 5844 Dunsmuir Avenue, 235-4400;
• McCloud Community Resource Center, 304 W. Minnesota Avenue, 964-3250;
• Mount Shasta Community Resource Center, 109 E. Lake Street, 926-1400;
• Family and Community Resource Center of Weed, 260 Main Street, 938-9914.
• HUB Community Resource Center of Montague, 310 S. 13th Street, 459-3481;
• Yreka Community Resource Center, 201 S. Broadway Street, 842-1313;
• Madrone Senior Services at the Yreka Community Center, 810 N. Oregon Street, 841-2365, bus pickup for seniors available;
• Scott Valley Family Resource Center, 11920 Main Street, Fort Jones, 468-2450;
• Happy Camp Family Resource Center, 38 Park Way, 493-5117;
• Butte Valley Community Resource Center, 232 S. Oregon Street, Dorris, 397-2273; and,
• Tulelake Community Resource Center, 810 Main Street, 667-2147.
Public Health officials say they keep an eye on the heat index, which is humidity combined with air temperature. Public Health says the humidity does not appear to be dangerously high, but they “are prepared to adjust the heat response as needed.”