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 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.
• Drink plenty of water
• Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks as these can promote dehydration
• Eat light meals
• 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.