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When it Gets Hot, Get Low

Local health workers offer tips for beating the San Diego heat.

Even though it is officially fall, the summer heat is still relentless throughout San Diego County.

“We are still seeing cases of dehydration and heat exhaustion on a number of emergency medical calls throughout the city,” Rural/Metro Paramedic Rick Rod. “The heat is not letting up, so it is important for people to stay safe as we head into fall.”

Below are a few tips to follow when you can’t beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Not only the day of a heat wave, but start drinking the day before if the local news channel announces warm weather.
  • Put on sunscreen anytime you know you will be outside.
  • Pay attention to the heat, and modify your activities accordingly.
  • Never leave children or pets in a car, no matter how brief an amount of time.
  • Stay on the lowest floor of your house because heat rises.
  • Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Cover windows that receive a lot of sunlight to help keep indoors cool.
  • Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcohol can have a dehydrating effect.

As always, when in doubt, 911 is at your fingertips. And, remember…Every Second Counts.

Reema Makani Boccia is the public relations manager for Rural/Metro Ambulance.

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