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|For Immediate Release:
August 13, 2012
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Public Health Communications
High temperatures forecast for the Los Angeles Basin, the
Valleys, and Pomona
|LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Health Officer has declared a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the Los Angeles Basin, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, and Pomona for today through Friday, August 17. This alert may be extended if weather conditions do not improve. The Department of Public Health would like to remind everyone that precautions should be taken, especially by individuals who participate in outdoor activities, older adults, caretakers of infants and children, and those sensitive to the heat.
"Everyone should remember to take special care of themselves, children, the elderly, and their pets. Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly," said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. "When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in vehicles, even with the windows 'cracked' or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels."
For a list of cooling centers and additional information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county.
"Offer help to your family, friends, and neighbors with limited access to air conditioning and transportation, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently or take them to a location with air conditioning," said Dr. Fielding.
Air quality in the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys, the San Gabriel Mountains, and Pomona will be unhealthy. People living or working in these areas with heart disease, asthma or other respiratory disease should minimize outdoor activities. Schools or youth camps that have children with sensitive conditions, including heart disease, asthma, other chronic respiratory diseases, should not participate in PE or outdoor physical activity and should stay indoors as much as possible. Additionally, schools, day camps, and non- school related sports organizations or athletes should take extra precautions during extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor activities should be scheduled for very early or very late in the day in order to limit the amount of time spent in the sun and heat.
Additional tips for those who must work or exercise outdoors:
Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:
Infants and Children:
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