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Livermore CA Police Department
Friday June 16th, 2017 :: 01:42 p.m. PDT


Be prepared for the heat

Temperatures are expected to be hot this weekend. The Livermore Police Department wants to remind the community to be prepared for the weather and review these tips.

Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle. The inside temperature of a car can very quickly surpass 120 degrees.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

Wear light colored clothing that is loose fitting.

Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day.

Children are especially vulnerable to heat emergencies. If they’re playing in hot weather, they might be having so much fun, they don’t recognize the warning signs. Check on children frequently and make sure they have plenty of water.

Check on family and friends who live alone or don’t have air-conditioning.

Check on pets often to ensure they have cool water to drink and are not suffering from the heat.

Excessive heat isn’t just uncomfortable, it can lead to a life-threatening situation. The American Red Cross identifies signs of heat related medical conditions and what to do if they occur:

Heat Cramps

These are muscular pains and spasms that usually occur in the legs or abdomen. They are caused by exposure to high heat and humidity and loss of fluids and electrolytes.

Heat cramps are often an early sign that the body is having trouble with the heat, so make sure to stay hydrated, slow down and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion typically involves the loss of body fluids through heavy sweating during strenuous exercise or physical labor in high heat and humidity.

Signs: cool, moist, pale or flushed skin; heavy sweating, headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, and exhaustion.

What to do:

Move the person to a cooler place. Remove or loosen tight clothing and apply cool wet cloths or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the person is conscious, give small amounts of cool water to drink. Make sure the person drinks slowly. Watch for changes in condition.

If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Heat Stroke

Also known as sunstroke, this is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself.

Signs: hot, red skin that may be dry or moist; changes in consciousness; vomiting; and high body temperature.

What to do:

Heat stroke is life-threatening. Call 9-1-1 immediately.

Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by giving care as you would for heat exhaustion. If needed, continue rapid cooling by applying ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits.

The Livermore Area Recreation and Parks Department Community Center lobby located at 4444 East Avenue will be open on Saturday from 1 pm to 9 pm for anyone who needs a place to cool down

Livermore CA Police Department
1110 S Livermore Ave
Livermore, CA 94550

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-371-4900

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