Cooling zone will open in Merced over weekend
Cooling zone opens over weekend in Merced
The City of Merced will open its cooling zone Saturday and Sunday after the National Weather Service forecast temperatures will reach a high of 103 degrees over the weekend.
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. People can bring their pets to the cooling zone as long as they don't disturb other people or pets.
'We encourage people who don't have air conditioning to come in and escape the heat,' said Fire Chief Billy Alcorn.
He asked residents to check in on their neighbors and watch out for our vulnerable populations.
'Everyone should try to stay cool, and whatever you do, don't leave kids or pets in your vehicles,' Alcorn said.
People are reminded to stay hydrated during the heat wave, wear loose clothes and light colored fabrics.
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.
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)
' 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
' 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 and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the victim on his/her side.