It's hot out there! That means fun for kids at the county's San Fernando Regional Pool; see photo gallery at right. But it's also time to play it safe. The county Department of Public Health advises everyone to take precautions, especially those who participate in outdoor activities, older adults, caretakers of infants and children, and those sensitive to the heat.
“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los Angeles County. “Thus, it is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are ‘cracked’ or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor without air conditioning, make sure that they get to a cooling center or other air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.”
To locate the nearest cooling center, go to http://lacoa.org/PDF/coolingcenters.pdf or call the L.A. County information line at 2-1-1.
Recreational swim at San Fernando Regional Pool
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