PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/1/2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM: 050114
Subject:
City Health Officer Reminds Long Beach Residents to Take Precautions with Higher Temperatures Today
Contact:
Dr. Mauro Torno, Acting City Health Officer
562.570.4330







Acting City of Long Beach Health Officer Dr. Mauro Torno is advising residents to take precautions against the heat today, May 1, with the National Weather Service forecasting highs in the upper 90s in Long Beach.

"With higher temperatures, people may develop heat-related conditions such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke, especially individuals working outside or participating in outdoor activities," Dr. Torno said.

Certain groups such as the elderly, those with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related illness. However, everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of heat related illness and injury:

Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities;
Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors;
Wear loose-fitting, light clothing; wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover the face, ears and neck if you'll be outside;
Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours – sunscreen prevents skin cancer;
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol;
Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; limit time outside during peak heat;
Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually;
Wear sunglasses that provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection. Chronic exposure to the sun can cause cataracts;
Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, senior centers, community centers at local parks, etc.;
Check on frail elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat;
Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps); rest and slowly drink a cool liquid;
Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight;
Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink;
Prevent children from drowning by providing adult supervision at all times and having an entry-proof barrier that surrounds the pool or spa;

For more information on how to stay healthy during hot weather, please visit the Health Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health.