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Remember these tips to prevent heat-related illnesses

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With an excessive heat wave impacting the region, the City of Mission Viejo is encouraging residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses. 

To stay safe during extreme heat, remember the following tips:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Never leave anyone including children and pets in enclosed vehicles.
  • Don’t forget your pets!  Ensure they have enough water and a cool space as well.
  • Check on the young, elderly and people with medical issues as they are more likely to be impacted by the heat.
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.

Recognizing heat-related emergencies:

Heat cramps – Muscular pains and spasms due to heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe, they are often the first signal that the body is having trouble with the heat.

Heat exhaustion – Typically occurs when people exercise heavily or work in a hot, humid place where body fluids are lost through heavy sweating.  If not treated, the victim’s condition will worsen.  The body temperature will keep rising and the victim may suffer heat stroke.

Heat stroke – A life-threatening condition.  The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweating to cool the body, stops working.  The body temperature can rise so high that brain damage and death may result if the body is not cooled quickly.

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Submitted by Dorrie Steele on Wed, 08/19/2020 - 10:29 am

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I read somewhere there are 3 cooling centers: Senior Center, Marguerite Tennis and Public Library. I called 2 of them - Senior Center and the Tennis facility and they do not offer a cooling center.

Is my only option the public library? Is it normal library hours for the cooling center?

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