September 1, 2022
This summer has brought Orange County many days of high temperatures and more are expected in the months to come. While we enjoy the sunshine, fresh air and the great outdoors, here are some tips to keep your family cool and safe in the hot weather.
Groups at highest risk for heat-related illness include children under 2 years of age, people aged 65 and older, and those with chronic diseases or mental illness. Pregnant women are also more likely to get heat exhaustion or heat stroke because their body must work harder to cool down both their body and their unborn baby. Pregnant women are also more likely to become dehydrated.
Pregnant? Exposure to excess heat could lead to preterm birth, low birth weight of newborns, and stillbirths. Take steps to reduce heat exposure by:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Taking breaks in the shade or air-conditioned area
- Using a fan and spray mister of water
- Going to a community cooling center if you can’t get relief at home
- Talking to a health care provider or your workplace to find out how to reduce your risk of heat exhaustion.