With summer heat well upon us, it’s crucial to remember the importance of staying safe when the mercury rises in Riverside County.
Warm weather often leads folks to head outside to jump in the pool, go for a bike ride or take a hike through one of our local watersheds. People will also work on special projects in the yard or undertake home renovations, often times in direct sunlight. In hot weather these activities can prove dangerous if people aren’t careful.
To safely enjoy the great outdoors and our local watersheds this summer, there are several preventative actions you can take to decrease heat related illnesses such as heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water often.
- Take frequent shade breaks or head indoors in an air-conditioned space.
- Minimize the use of heat-producing appliances like ovens or stoves.
- Limit outdoor exercise. If you must exercise outside, do so in the early morning hours.
- Wear loose-fitting light-colored clothing.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol which accelerates dehydration.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors.
- Monitor weather forecasts and local news for updates and warnings.
- Don’t get too much sun.
- Never leave anyone or pets in a car.