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.