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Hot weather continues, cooling zones open

Mike Conway

Post Date:07/24/2018

Hot weather continues, cooling zones open   

Hot weather continues to blanket the Central Valley, with the heat advisory issued and  Merced's cooling zone open through Thursday.

'Don't sit at home without air conditioning or in front of a swamp cooler, use one of the cooling zones that has been set up,' said Assistant City Manager Stephanie Dietz. 'Come here where you can be cool and comfortable.'

The cooling zone for the City of Merced will be in the Sam Pipes Room of the Merced Civic Center, (City Hall) 678 W. 18th St. from 3 to 8 p.m. There will be water, snacks and other supplies available in the room.

'We want people to take advantage of it,' she said.

Cooling zones have also been set up throughout Merced County for people to escape the triple digit temperatures. For more information on those http://www.co.merced.ca.us/

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 11 p.m. Thursday.

There will be free bus rides to the Merced and other cooling zone provided by The Bus.

Dietz also asked City residents to check on their neighbors to make sure they are coping with the hot weather.

'This heat wave is hard on people, and we have to look out for each other,' Dietz said. 'Make sure the seniors around you are OK, don't forget our at-risk residents, check in on your neighbors and friends,' she said. 'And whatever you do, don't leave children pets or the elderly unattended in a parked car.'

Below are some tips from the state Office of Emergency Services.

Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness

' Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.

' Drink plenty of fluids. Don't wait until you're thirsty.

' Dress in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Use a hat and sunscreen as needed.

' Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage to replace salts and minerals lost during heavy sweating. (If a client/resident is on a low-sodium diet, check with his/her physician first.)

' During the hottest parts of the day, keep physical activities to a minimum and stay indoors in air-conditioning and out of the sun.

' Use fans as needed.

' Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate.

' Use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.

' Avoid hot foods and heavy meals'they add heat to the body. Eat frozen treats.

Read more: Division of Occupational Safety & Health (bilingual resources), Center for Disease Control and Prevention Tips for Preventing Heat-related Illness

Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion

Heat stroke'which occurs when the body can't control its temperature'may result in disability or death if emergency treatment is not given. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body loses a large amount of water and salt contained in sweat.

Warning signs of heat stroke vary, but may include:

' An extremely high body temperature (above 103 degrees Fahrenheit, orally)

' Unconsciousness

' Dizziness, nausea and confusion

' Red, hot and dry skin (no sweating)

' Rapid, strong pulse

' Throbbing headache

Warning signs of heat exhaustion vary, but may include:

' Heavy sweating

' Muscle cramps

' Weakness

' Headache

' Nausea or vomiting

' Paleness, tiredness, dizziness

What to Do

If you see any of these signs for heat stroke or heat exhaustion, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency and should do the following:

' Have someone call 911 while you begin cooling the victim.

' Get the victim to a shady area.

' Cool the victim rapidly with a cool bath or shower, or by sponging with cool water, until body temperature drops to 101-102 degrees Fahrenheit, orally.

' If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.

' Do not give the victim alcohol to drink.

' Again, get medical assistance as soon as possible.

If a victim's muscles twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke, keep the victim from injuring him/herself, but do not place any object in the mouth.

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