Risk of Heat-Related Illnesses this Weekend

With highs reaching the three digits in some areas, take precautions to stay cool.

The heat keeps coming, so be careful to take precautions against heat-related illness.

On Saturday, six runners in a cross-country race at Orange Coast College collapsed in the 100-plus-degree temperatures. Paramedics said they were suffering from dehydration.

Mecury climbing increases the risk of possible heat exhaustion and/or heat stroke, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Exposure to excessive temperatures can even be fatal.

An agency press release says symptoms of heat exhaustion may include: heavy sweating, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, nausea or vomiting and dizziness. Warning signs of heat stroke may include an extremely high body temperature, unconsciousness, confusion, hot and dry skin (no sweating), a rapid, strong pulse and a throbbing headache.

If symptoms of heat stroke occur, immediately call for medical assistance. Move the person to a shady area and begin cooling their body with water, the agency says.

Recommended precautions to prevent heat related illnesses include:

  • Drink plenty of water; don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, when in the sun and use sunscreen.
  • Avoid unnecessary exertion if you are outside or in non-air conditioned buildings.
  • If you are working outdoors, take frequent rest and refreshment breaks in a shaded area.
  • Never leave children, elderly people or pets unattended in closed cars or other vehicles.

Also, check on those who are at high risk to make sure they are staying cool – including seniors who live alone, people with heart or lung disease, and young children. 

Stay cool indoors - if your home is not air conditioned, visit public facilities such as and to stay cool.

For more information on heat related illnesses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web site.

— City News Service contributed to this report.

John September 16, 2012 at 03:09 AM
The city of Aliso Viejo should buy every single family homeowner solar panels so we can be a green city and get off the grid.
Charles September 16, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Can the city afford it? Individual homeowners can do it themselves - if they want to spend $30K+ (and with the majority of AV homes having tile or cement roofs that cost is probably a lot higher than if the roofs were not tile or cement.)
jeff s September 16, 2012 at 01:23 PM
The whole state, not just aliso veijo needs panels on the roof. Say bye bye to San O nuclear waster...
Angel September 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Use common sense, if you have any!! Stay hydrated at all times.. WATER,WATER,WATER,WATER, Or GATORADE,GATORADE,GATORADE.... take your pick!! Or just stay indoors! Whatever your decision may be, be smart!


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