Sonora, CA — With temperatures sitting in the triple digits this week health officials are asking residents to take steps to avoid heat illness.
Tuolumne County Health Officer, Dr. Todd Stolp says, “If you know of neighbors or friends who might benefit from assistance during the coming hot weather, this might be a good time to check on them.”
According to Calaveras County Public Health Officer Dr. Dean Kelaita, children up to four years of age, the elderly and people with chronic health problems are most at risk of heat illness during prolonged periods of high temperatures.
Dr. Stolp and Dr. Kelaita recommend: staying in air conditioned areas if possible and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day. They say to wear a hat, use sunscreen, rest in a cool or shady area often and drink 16 to 32 ounces of liquids every hour while in the heat. Also include some foods, juices or sports drinks to replace electrolytes (salts in the blood). Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
Dr. Kelaita also notes “Persons with heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and those taking medications that interfere with the body’s ability to cool down, are also at increased risk of heat illness.” Signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting. Residents should seek medical attention if they have these signs of illness.
In Tuolumne County public buildings like the Tuolumne County Library and nearby Senior Center are available to all for relief from the hot weather.