Downtown Los Angeles in the heat
A hazy day in downtown Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Emergency Management Department

The Los Angeles County health officer has posted heat alerts due to high temperatures forecast to continue into next week in the Antelope Valley and western San Fernando Valley.

The Antelope Valley alert is in effect Saturday through Wednesday, and the West San Fernando Valley alert from Sunday through Wednesday.

County Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness, especially older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes and people with a chronic medical condition, who are especially sensitive to negative health impacts from extreme heat.

Those without air conditioning at home can take advantage of cooling centers, with information on locations available at ready.lacounty.gov/heat/ or by calling 211.

Public Health offers the following recommendations during high temperature days:

— Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated throughout the day.

— If you must go out, plan your day to avoid going out during the hottest hours, and wear sunscreen. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or use an umbrella.

— Vehicles get very hot. Never leave children or pets in cars and call 911 if you see a child or pet in a car alone.

— Beware of heat-related illness, like heat stroke and call 911 if you see these symptoms: high body temperature, vomiting, and pale and clammy skin.

— Check on those at risk, like those who are sick, older adults, pregnant women and children, and those who live alone.

— If you are wearing a mask, avoid strenuous workouts wearing face coverings or masks not intended for athletic purposes.

— Visit your power company’s website or contact the utility by phone to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out and check on others, in particular those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of high temperatures, including children, the elderly, and their pets,” said County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis.

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