When a heat alert is declared for the San Gabriel Valleys, it is important to take precautionary measures to ensure that our community, including all of our clients stay cool during this timeframe.
Everyone should be observant during these times, but especially caregivers providing support to clients that live on their own. It is important that caregivers provide clients with direction and information about how to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
If you are a client of the regional center and have questions about what to do in the event of extreme hot weather, please talk to your family, to your provider or to your service coordinator.
Below are some informational flyers and tools that include information about what to do in extreme heat situations.
In addition, for anyone that lives in a residence that does not have air-conditioning in, below is also a link to the website where you can find a list of Cooling Centers where they can go and information on heat-related illnesses and prevention.
Please visit the Public Health website at http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county. To locate the nearest cooling center, go to http://bit.ly/BeatTheHeat2016. Call your local Cooling Center for hours of operation.
Other areas to consider for ensuring that clients are cool and are not in danger of suffering heat exhaustion or heat strokes are listed below:
- curtail or suspend outdoor activities-- instead discuss the use of indoor air-conditioned sites;
- drink plenty of water and take water with you at all times, if you are in the community;
- wear sunscreen, hats, and modified ( light ) clothing
- be alert and cautious of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke;
- and be aware of cooling sites near you that can be easily accessed.