With temperatures on the rise, preparing for extreme temperatures can help keep you safe and healthy.
Staying safe during high temperatures
Understand how the heat affects the body.
- When outdoors in the heat your body’s internal air conditioner kicks on (sweat) to cool your body off. To avoid dehydration make sure to drink enough fluids (6-8 glasses per day). Feeling thirsty is the first sign of dehydration. Learn more about how best to keep hydrated.
- High temperatures also can cause a loss of appetite. While you may not feel hungry, you need to make sure you’re getting the nourishment your body needs.
Stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
- During the summer months, the sun is the most powerful between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- If you do not have air-conditioning, consider going to your local library, mall or movie theater to find a cool place.
- Try not to use your oven or stove on days of high heat. It will make you and your house even hotter.
The Los Angeles area also provides Cooling Centers (PDF) during times of excess heat. For information on locations and hours of operation, please call:
- 311 – for City of Los Angeles locations.
- 211 – for Los Angeles County locations.
- You can also visit www.211la.org for additional information.
Reduce exposure to the sun.
- Wear sunscreen that has a minimum SPF 15. Reapply every two hours.
- Too much sun can increase your risk of skin cancer.
- Wear lightweight, loose, light-colored clothes and wide-brimmed hats.
- Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion. Dizziness, unusual fatigue, rapid heart rate, headaches, and nausea are common symptoms of heat exhaustion.
- Check the local news to know when extreme heat is forecasted for your area.
Reduce physical activity.
- If you need to be active, use the early morning and late evening hours, as the sun will less of a factor.
Staying healthy and hydrated with food
During the summer months, hydration is vital to staying healthy. Did you know there are certain foods that contain a lot of water and will help keep you hydrated? Listed below are several great foods to eat this summer.
- Bell Peppers
All of these foods also are great with hummus! Make your own hummus at home and save!
Hummus - You can create your own healthy snack at home with just a few ingredients.
Puré de Garbanzos - Usted puede preparar esta botana saludable con pocos ingredientes.
For more healthy recipes, visit our Recipes for Good Health page.
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