San Diego County health officials warn the public ahead of heat wave

Posted at 4:26 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 19:27:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - An excessive heat warning will take effect in San Diego County Friday.  Health officials are warning the public to keep an eye on children, the elderly, and pets.

High temperatures will top 100 degrees in some neighborhoods, and the weather will be unusually hot in the coastal areas, county officials said.

Mt. Gower County Preserve in Ramona, El Capitan County Preserve in Lakeside, Three Sisters and Cedar Creek Falls trails, and Agua Caliente and Vallecito county parks are closed due to heat.

To avoid heat-related health problems, county officials recommend:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned place
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty
  • Take cool showers
  • Don’t leave a child, elderly person or pet unattended in a car
  • Avoid outside activities during the hottest part of the day
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure
  • Avoid using your oven

Children, the elderly, and people with health concerns are especially vulnerable to heat stress. A body temperature of 103 or higher can lead to dizziness, nausea, confusion, and headache, which are signs of heat stroke or exhaustion. If someone shows these signs, county officials say you should call 911 and begin cooling the individual by:

  • Moving them to a shaded area
  • Spraying with cool water and fanning them
  • Placing them in a cool shower if they are alert
  • Monitoring the body temperature and continue cooling efforts
  • Do not give the victim fluids to drink

Just a few hours in air conditioning can be helpful. The county recommends you do not rely on electric fans for cooling if temperatures exceed 90 degrees.