The heat is here, are you prepared?

Posted at 2:01 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 22:07:23-04

Meteorologist Mike Boyce spoke with medical professionals today about ways to stay cool as temperatures rise, approaching the triple digits! 

Dr. Benjamin Ha, a family physician with Kaiser Permanente, recommends avoiding exercising during the hottest hours of the day (typically 10 a.m - 3 p.m) when temperatures can be most threatening to your health. 

The Center for Disease Control has several tips for staying cool as the weather in Kern County heats up.

STAY COOL: Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

STAY HYDRATED: Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

STAY INFORMED: Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it’s hot outside.

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.


Thank You Teila Dawn for the amazing picture!