It's hot! We're having a heatwave -- even here in West County where we're usually cooled off by summer fog. High temperatures are expected to last for a few days.
Excessive heat can be dangerous, especially to seniors, as well as to infants and people in frail health.
Dealing with the heat and COVID-19 is especially challenging. Some of us count on getting outside for fresh air and exercise, but this isn't safe in high heat.
Whether hanging out in shaded outdoor spots, or staying inside, it's important to stay vigilant about social distancing, wearing face coverings, washing hands often - and other virus prevention steps.
Tips for staying healthy in the heat
County Health Services has excellent information on staying healthy during high heat. Check it out here.
A quick summary:
- Avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as exercise or manual labor, during the hottest parts of the day.
- Wear a hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher)
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
- Drink 16 to 32 ounces of cool fluids every hour - not alcohol or sugary beverages
- Take frequent breaks in a shaded space
- Use the buddy system and make sure someone can check on you frequently
Visit public spaces with air conditioning if you have none at home. If you use electric fans, remember they do not protect against heat illness once the temperature reaches the 90s (F).
- Keeping doors and windows closed
- Drawing shades and curtains, lower blinds
- Taking a cool shower or bath
- Drink more fluids - do not wait until thirsty
- Keep electrical appliances off and avoid using the oven or clothes dryer
- Avoiding hot or heavy meals
- Check on friends, family and neighbors frequently, especially if they are older or live alone
- Leave fresh water out in a shady area for pets
Remember, NEVER leave children or pets in a parked car on hot days for any length of time.
The County is operating a few cooling centers
at Employment and Human Services (EHSD) district offices. Most of the centers will be closed for the weekend, except for the center at the Pleasant Hill Community Center.
Cooling Centers open from 1 pm to 5 pm next Monday and Tuesday, and longer if needed. These are not open over the weekend.
1305 Macdonald Ave, Richmond
4545 Delta Fair Blvd., Antioch
400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill
Cooling Center with weekend hours:
Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, 1 pm to 7 pm.
Check with your local city to see if it has other cooling locations.
If you or anyone you know is showing signs of heat illness, call 911 immediately. This includes feeling faint, dizzy, confused, irritable, nauseous, pulsing headache, rapid pulse, or not sweating or sweating profusely.
Let's keep an eye on each other during this uncomfortable heat!