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Sierra Hills Heat Presentation

  1. 1. Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency <ul><li>Hot Tips for </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Heat </li></ul><ul><li>July 3, 2008 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Thank you for your warm welcome! <ul><li>The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency works to provide information to the residents and community members of Tulare County. </li></ul><ul><li>Today we will be discussing the summer heat, and precautions that Tulare County residents can take to “beat the heat”. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Keeping Cool in Summer Heat <ul><li>It is important for residents of all ages to be aware of heat safety precautions. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Heat Index
  5. 5. What can I do to keep cool?
  6. 6. Cool Clothing <ul><ul><li>Wear light colors and light materials, such as linen and cotton. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Materials such as rayon and polyester tend to trap heat close to the skin. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear loose fitting clothing that is comfortable and allows “breathe” room. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If going outside, wear a hat with a wide brim to protect the face. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Staying Cool at Home <ul><li>Stay indoors during extremely hot weather. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enjoy indoor activities that take place inside the facility. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use wet clothes or blue cooler packs on the face, wrists, or neck, for a quick cool-down. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lower shades, blinds and window coverings. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use portable and ceiling fans to help keep rooms cooler in the most frequently used areas. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Outdoor Activity <ul><li>Schedule any necessary </li></ul><ul><li>outdoor activities before </li></ul><ul><li>noon in the evening. </li></ul><ul><li>If going outside, avoid </li></ul><ul><li>strenuous activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Wear sunscreen SPF </li></ul><ul><li>of 30 or higher. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Heat and Your Medication <ul><li>People with chronic health conditions are most vulnerable to health problems during hot weather. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in contact with your physician to monitor your medication during the summer months. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are taking several medications for a number of health problems, it may be harder for your body to cool itself. </li></ul><ul><li>Disclose all medication that you are taking to your doctor at all times. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Staying Healthy and Hydrated <ul><li>Even if you are not thirsty, make sure you are drinking plenty of water. </li></ul><ul><li>What to Avoid: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid drinks with caffeine. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid alcoholic beverages that will dehydrate your body. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Drink plenty of water! </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Buddy System <ul><li>Make sure to check on family members, friends, neighbors, and others. </li></ul><ul><li>Call or visit to make sure that they are comfortable, and able to manage adequately. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Please remember… <ul><li>These safety tips are not a substitute for medical care. </li></ul><ul><li>If heat-related illness occurs, contact your physician, or immediately call 9-1-1. </li></ul>
  13. 13. For more information: <ul><ul><li>For more information, visit the Tulare County Health & Human Services website at: www.tularehhsa.org . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Or call the Tulare County Office of Emergency Services Hotline at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1-888-346-1033. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Most importantly, stay healthy and enjoy your summer!

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