Keep Cool! Protect Your Health When It’s Hot

A heat alert has been declared for parts of Southern California as possible record temperatures hit in the coming days.

"When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke," said Jeffery Gunzenhauser, the interim health officer for LA County.

So Keep Cool! Protect Your Health and Your Pets!

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • If possible avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing.
  • Slow down—rest in the shade or a cool place when possible.
  • Never leave a child, elderly, disabled person, or animal alone in a vehicle.
  • Check on your friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions or at higher risk for problems when it is very hot.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan, make sure your windows are open and visit a cool center.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • When it is hotter than 90˚ go to the movies, visit a friend that has air conditioning in their home or some place cool like a mall, a library or a senior center.
  • Turn on your air conditioner

You are also at risk if you have certain medical conditions, take medication for high blood pressure, have a mental health condition, have been using drugs or alcohol, or have had a previous heat-related illness.


  • On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.
  • Provide ample shade and fresh, cold water-add ice to water when possible.
  • Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse is not an option.
  • Cool your pet inside and out. Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY peanut butter Popsicles for dogs.
  • Provide a dog mini-pool, if your dog is not adverse to water, he/she will jump in to cool off.

Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.

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