Monterey County Health Department offers tips on preventing heat related illnes
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Even short periods of hot temperatures can cause health problems. Overexertion on a hot day, staying too long out in the sun or spending too much time in an over-heated space can all lead to heat related problems. Monterey County Health Department’s Public Information Officer, Karen Smith would like to remind individuals to “drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, use sunscreen of at least a SPF of 15 and never to leave any person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.”
When the temperature is in the high 90’s electric fans may provide comfort but they do not prevent heat related illnesses. Even a few hours a day in an air-conditioned building will help. Consider a visit to the mall or the library for a few hours.
Some health conditions such as obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, poor circulation, sunburn, and drug and alcohol use can make it harder for the body to stay cool. Check on the elderly and people with health conditions twice a day during a heat wave.
The tips are not a substitute for medical care, but may help people avoid heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Individuals are urged to get medical attention if they or a family member have symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, fainting or confusion while in the sun or after being out in the heat.