With unusually hot temperatures in the forecast, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a heat alert for Monday, warning people to take precautions against the potentially dangerous weather.
The alert was declared for the Los Angeles Basin, eastern San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley.
“When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe hydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county’s interim health officer. “Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days.”
Gunzenhauser urged residents to take precautions, particularly older adults, caretakers of infants and children and people sensitive to heat.
Schools, day camps and other sports organizations were urged to take precautions to protect athletes and students by limiting outdoor activities and ensuring that drinking water is available.
The county also has a list of cooling centers available on its website at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. Information is also available on the county’s 211 information line.
“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out to those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of extreme heat, including children, the elderly and their pets,” Gunzenhauser said.
—City News Service
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