Tips to ‘be cool’ this summer

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is advising residents to take precautions to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses, especially while participating in outdoor activities. The elderly, people with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at greater risk for heat-related conditions, however everyone should take precautions to reduce the risk of illness.
• Remain hydrated by drinking water before, during, and after outdoor activities
• Take frequent breaks while working or playing outdoors
• Wear loose-fitting, light clothing and a hat while outside
• Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid beverages that have caffeine or alcohol
• Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day, and limit time outside during peak heat
• Pace physical activities, starting slowly and picking up the pace gradually
• Seek air-conditioned environments during peak heat at stores, malls, theaters, etc.
• Check on frail, elderly or home-bound individuals to make sure they are not affected by the heat
• Move to a cooler location at first sign of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), then rest and slowly drink a cool liquid
• Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or asleep in the direct sunlight
• Make sure pets have plenty of shade and water to drink
For more information on how to “stay cool” during hot weather, visit the Health Department’s website at

Health, Safety

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>