Excessive Heat Warning from 9/5, 11am until 9/7, 9pm
The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning from September 5, 11:00 am until September 7, 9:00 pm. Forecasters predict a prolonged period of potentially dangerous heat across the Bay Area and Central Coast. Temperatures in Mill Valley are predicted to be in the upper 90's - low 100's.
Cooling Centers - In response, three Cooling Centers will open in Marin County on Sunday and Monday (Sept 6 and 7) from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm to offer residents some relief:
Safety protocols will be in place at each cooling center site to prevent transmission of COVID-19 among both visitors and staff. Measures include COVID-19 screening, use of masks or face coverings, physical distancing between individuals or household units,enhanced cleaning and disinfection, and lowering capacity limits of the building. Individuals showing symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath), should contact their medical provider instead of visiting a cooling center.
Those most vulnerable to extreme heat include older adults, peoplewith chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions and thesocially isolated. Vulnerable residents do not need to be a resident ofthe city cooling center location. Service animalswill be welcome.
“Marin County residents living in affected areas should find relieffrom high outdoor temperatures,” said Dr. Lisa Santora, the County’sDeputy Public Health Officer. “We urge people to be aware of thesymptoms of heat-related illness and to take commonsense measures to stay cool and healthy during extreme temperatures."
During this heat wave, residents should take the necessaryprecautions to prevent serious health effects for heat-relatedillnesses. Here are some tips to stay cool and safe:
- Do not leave children and pets unattended in vehicles
- Limit outdoor activities
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings and shelters or public cooling center
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Check on friends, family and neighbors who are sensitive to heat at least twice a day
- Drink more water than usual
- Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside
- Avoid alcohol or drinks containing high amounts of sugar
- Make sure family, friends and neighbors drink enough water
- Check local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips
- Keep friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information
- Recognize the signs of a heat illness (below) and if symptoms are severe or life threatening, call 911
KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS
Heat-related illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental factors, specifically heat exposure.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
- Skin is cold, pale and clammy
- Weak pulse
- Fainting and vomiting
WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT EXHAUSTION
- Move to a cooler location
- Lie down and loosen clothing
- Apply cool, wet clothes and cover as much of the body as possible
- Drink plenty of water (avoid caffeine and alcohol)
- If vomiting occurs and is continuous, seek medical attention immediately
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE
- High body temperature (above 103 degrees F)
- Hot, red, dry or moist skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
WHAT TO DO IF EXPERIENCING HEAT STROKE
- Call 911 immediately if symptoms present
- Move the person to a cooler environment
- Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath
- Do NOT provide fluids.
Preparation can make a difference in avoiding heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Please review additional extreme heat preparation tips recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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