Heat Wave Expected in Valleys This Week


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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Public Health officials warned today of extreme heat, including triple-digit temperatures, in some valley areas this week.

The Los Angeles County Health Officer issued a Heat Alert on Monday for high temperatures in the following locations:

-- Antelope Valley, Tuesday through Friday;

-- West San Fernando Valley, Tuesday through Friday;

-- East San Fernando Valley, Wednesday through Friday;

-- Santa Clarita Valley, Wednesday through Friday.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures,'' said Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis. “High temperatures are not just an inconvenience, they can be dangerous and even deadly. But we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated.''

He urged everyone -- particularly seniors, children, outdoor workers, athletes and people with chronic medical conditions -- to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. He recommended drinking plenty of water, avoiding the outdoors during the hottest hours, wearing sunscreen and lightweight and light-colored clothing, wearing hats and carrying umbrellas.

Children or pets should never be left unattended in cars, and should be reported by calling 911 if discovered. Beware of heat stroke and call 911 if experiencing symptoms such as high body temperature, vomiting and pale and clammy skin. Check on those at risk including the infirmed, elderly, pregnant women, children and people who live alone. Avoid strenuous workouts while wearing a mask.

Go to your local power company's website or call the utility to determine if there are scheduled power outages.

Free cooling centers were expected to be opened at various locations throughout the county. Residents without access to air conditioning were encouraged to visit these facilities. However, staff and visitors were instructed to stay home if they feel sick, and anyone exhibiting signs of illness will be deferred to medical care. Everyone must wear a mask regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.

Information about cooling facilities can be obtained at ready.lacounty.gov/heat or by calling 211.

Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities can call 211 for emergency preparedness information and referral services. 211 is operational 24/7, and can also be accessed at 211la.org.

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