Use caution during hot conditions

El Dorado County Public Health officials urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves during the expected hot weather.

“When temperatures reach into and above 100 degrees, it is important to drink plenty of water, limit physical exertion and stay indoors in an air-conditioned location as much as possible,” said Dr. Alicia Paris, El Dorado County Health Officer.  “Although nearly everyone is uncomfortable in high heat, some people are more vulnerable than others.”

The elderly, very young and those with chronic medical conditions or mental illness may be particularly susceptible to high temperatures and overheating. Residents without adequate air conditioning are advised to visit a cool zone.  A cool zone is a location to get out of the heat for a period of time to let your body cool down. Cool zone facilities include a friend or relative’s house, shopping centers, community centers, restaurants, movie theaters and libraries. Senior residents may want to consider visiting the senior centers in Placerville or El Dorado Hills.

The Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills and Placerville libraries offer a cool place for people to go.

• Main Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville

• Cameron Park Branch, 2500 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

• El Dorado Hills Branch, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills

Additionally, the Community Resource Center, 1867 Broadway in Placerville, is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and the Upper Room Dining Hall, 1868 Broadway in Placerville, is open from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

The following health tips are recommended for everyone during hot weather:

• Drink plenty of fluids, such as water and low-calorie sports drinks, to replace salts and minerals lost through sweating.

• Stay indoors in an air-conditioned building.  If your home does not have sufficient air conditioning, visit a friend, relative or other location in the community, including libraries, grocery stores, or shopping centers where the air conditioning is working.

• Pace yourself and avoid heavy exertion in the heat.

• Never leave a child or an animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes.  Temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes.  Leave pets at home.

• Make sure animals have plenty of shade and water.

• Be careful about walking dogs on hot pavement.

• Check in on neighbors, relatives and friends, particularly those who may be isolated.

For more information and additional tips to stay cool and healthy during the summer visit edcgov/publichealth or call the Public Health Hotline at (530) 621-6140.

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