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Posted on: August 31, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Upcoming Heat Wave: What You Need To Know

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With temperatures expected to reach above 100°F degrees in some parts of Napa County this week, Public Health Officer, Dr. Karen Relucio, encourages residents to prepare for the hot weather. 

“When temperatures are high, we want everyone to stay cool, hydrated and informed,” said Dr. Relucio. “Although nearly everyone is uncomfortable in high heat, some people are more vulnerable than others. Seniors, people who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible. Check frequently on your neighbors if you know they have health concerns. Pet owners are also advised to keep an eye on their companions during these hot days.” 

Napa County Office of Emergency Services has been closely monitoring the temperature, humidity, and cooling temperatures since Wednesday, August 31, 2022. 

Stay Cool

    Stay out of the sun, limit outdoor activity and physical exertion 

    Seek out air-conditioned buildings 

    Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and wide-brimmed hats when outdoors 

    Lower body temperature by using cold compresses, misting and taking cool showers, baths or sponge baths. 

Stay Hydrated 

    Drink plenty of water 

    Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks as these can promote dehydration 

    Eat light meals 

Stay Informed 

    Visit the ReadyNapaCounty for more tips to prevent heat related illness 

    Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of heat safety 

Seek Medical Attention for Heat Exhaustion 

Dr. Relucio advises residents to be alert to the following symptoms of heat exhaustion and to seek medical attention for: 

    Profuse sweating and muscle cramping 

    Body temperature of 105 with hot, dry skin 

    Confusion or unconsciousness 

Protect Your Pets 

Be aware that pets are also vulnerable to high heat. Pet owners are reminded to: 

    Never leave pets in a car 

    Be alert for any sign of heat stress, including heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting and deep red or purple tongue 

    Offer a cool place to rest 

    Call animal control or police immediately if you see an animal in distress in a car 

    If you think your pet is experiencing heat stress consult a veterinarian immediately for evaluation. 

Find Out More 

For more information and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Extreme Heat site in English and Spanish.

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