With very hot temperatures predicted, City and County officials are keeping a close eye on conditions and asking residents to take some precautionary steps to keep themselves, their family, their neighbors and pets cool.

Here are some helpful tips to beat the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid very cold drinks
  • Take cool showers to lower your body temperature
  • Limit your exposure to the sun — stay indoors where it is air conditioned or go to a public place that is air conditioned
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose fitting clothing

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most head-related illnesses. Warning signs of heat exhaustion include, heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, headache and nausea or vomiting. Heat stroke is more sever and symptoms can include high body temperature, absense of sweating and hot red or flushed dry skin, difficulty breathing, and strange behavior like hallucinations or disorientation.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these severe symptoms, immediately call 911.

Prevention is key. Avoid becoming dehydrated, stay in a cool environment, and dress appropriately to beat the heat and enjoy your summer.

For more tips, visit www.SacramentoReady.org.

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