Excessive heat watch issued for the North State

Jun 30, 2015 1:34 PM by News Staff

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Shasta Counties starting Wednesday and lasting through Friday morning.

Temperatures may get to as high as 116 degrees in Redding Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, heat events like this happen just a few times a year, and some people in the area won't have had previous experience with dangerous heat like this.

The Butte County Public Health Department is advising residents to take precautions, and have provided the following tips:

Limit exercise and strenuous work during the hottest part of the day

• Stay indoors where air conditioning is available (pets included)

• Stay hydrated by drinking 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids every hour

• Drink fluids even if you don't feel thirsty

• Rest often in shady areas

• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

• Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car

• Take short, cool showers during the day to cool off

• Close the drapes or shades on the sunny sides of your house.

• Run the dishwasher only when full.

• Wash full loads of laundry using cold water. Today's modern detergents work great in cold water and about 90 percent of the energy used by clothes washers goes to water heating.

• When possible, delay chores that produce heat such as dishwashing, laundering and cooking until cooler times of the day or night.

• Set your air conditioning thermostat to 78ºF (health permitting) when you're at home and to 85ºF when you're away.

• Use a ceiling fan while you're home and running the air conditioner. This will allow you to raise your thermostat setting about four degrees Fahrenheit.

• Allow cooler air from the morning or night before to flow into your home. As the temperature rises, close the windows and draw the shades to keep pre-cooled air inside.

• Check the filter on your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A dirty filter can cause your system to work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy.

• If possible, enjoy an afternoon out-at the pool, movies, park or local library.

Sensitive groups, like the elderly and very young are at an increased risk for heat related illnesses and should be closely monitored.

One major concern people should be on the lookout for is heat exhaustion, which includes heavy sweating, weakness, nausea, and dizziness. Anyone exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion is at risk for heat stroke, the most serious heat related illness.

Symptoms of heat stroke include an altered mental state, red, hot and dry skin, rapid pulse, throbbing headache and unconsciousness. If someone is showing signs of heat stroke call 911 immediately.

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