Tips to stay safe during first heat wave of 2020 Provided by Kern County Public Health.

Kern County Public Health offers the following tips:

  • Drink water even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid outdoor physical exertion during the hottest parts of the day. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear a hat to cover the face and neck and loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and to protect your skin from the sun.
  • Regularly check on any elderly relatives or friends who live alone.
  • To prevent overheating, use cool compresses, misting, showers and baths.
  • Never leave infants, children, elderly or pets in a parked car.
  • Apply sunscreen (at least SPF 15) 15 minutes before venturing outdoors and re-apply at least every two hours.

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