Relief from the scorching weather gripping San Diego County is still days away, and experts are warning people that heat waves are deadlier than any other kind of weather.
Keeping out of the sun as much as possible, knowing how to spot symptoms of heat illness, and avoiding sugary drinks will help keep you safe during a heat wave. Alcohol and sugary drinks can dehydrate you.
Storm Shield Meteorologist Jason Meyers also suggests that people should "wear light-weight, light-colored, loose fitting clothing" to help keep cool.
"Avoid synthetics because they trap the heat," Meyers says.
The National Weather Service is warning San Diego residents that over exposure to heat could lead "to heat illness especially for people at risk...including the elderly and children
If you're working outdoors, slow down your pace. Try to limit your physical activity to early morning hours when it's cooler and take frequent breaks in the shade.
San Diego's Health & Human Services Agency says, "Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help sweat evaporate, which cools your body."
If you've got air conditioning, keep it on and stay indoors. If your home doesn't have A/C, there are numerous Cool Zone sites throughout San Diego that offer air-conditioned settings such as libraries, recreation centers, and shopping malls.
Tips to Stay Safe in the Heat:
- If you have outdoor pets be sure to give them shade and cool water.
- Air out your car: Remember cars turn into ovens in a matter of minutes, check the back seas before getting out of your car and never leave children or pets in the car.
- Wear light-weight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and stay hydrated!
- Drink water!
Next week will be much more challenging if you work outside, remember to drink plenty of fluids, take breaks often and find shade often.