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Hot Weather Returns this Week: Tips to Beat the Heat

Post Date:05/04/2020 11:17 AM

Due to the Public Health Order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Vista and County of  San Diego will not be operating the Cool Zones (Senior Center or Vista Library) program at this time.

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room if one is available, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors by telephone, video conferencing or if in person, while adhering to social distancing recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

To avoid heat-related problems, County Public Health officials recommend the following nine strategies:

  1. If available, stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day
  2. Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  3. Drink plenty of water (avoid alcohol and sugary drinks) and don’t wait until you are thirsty
  4. Take cool showers
  5. Never leave a child, elderly person, or pet unattended in a car
  6. Keep pets cool in hot weather
  7. Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities outside during the hottest part of the day
  8. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear a wide-brim hat if you need to be in the sun
  9. Avoid using the oven to cook

Elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress. People with elderly neighbors should check in on their well-being. This can be done while adhering to social distancing recommendations in person or by phone or video conferencing if available.

For more information on extreme heat, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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