July 14, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Excessive Heat Warning Issued for Los Angeles County Areas

High temperatures in the forecast from July 2 to July 8

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has issued an excessive heat warning as high temperatures are forecasted for several areas from Tuesday, July 2, 2024, through Monday, July 8, 2024. The affected areas include:

  • Eastern Antelope Valley
  • Western Antelope Valley
  • Antelope Valley
  • Western San Gabriel Mountains/Hwy 14 Corridor
  • Northwest LA County Mountains
  • Santa Clarita Valley
  • West San Fernando Valley
  • West Santa Monica Mountains
  • East Santa Monica Mountains
  • Calabasas/Agoura Hills
  • East San Fernando Valley
  • Santa Susana Mountains
  • East San Gabriel Mountains
  • San Gabriel Valley

Public Health officials are urging residents to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses, particularly older adults, young children, outdoor workers, athletes, and people with chronic medical conditions who are especially vulnerable to extreme heat.

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a press release, “This heatwave is serious. We’re used to hot temperatures in California, but this will be several days with little relief overnight. As we come together this week to celebrate the Fourth of July, look out for each other and take steps to stay safe. Don’t let this heat catch you by surprise, California.

Health recommendations during high-temperature days include:

  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • If you must go out, avoid the hottest hours, wear sunscreen, lightweight, light-colored clothes, and wear a hat or umbrella.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars, even with windows cracked. Call 911 if you see a child or pet alone in a car.
  • Be aware of heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms include high body temperature (103°F or higher), vomiting, dizziness, confusion, and hot, red, dry, or damp skin. Heat stroke is a medical emergency; call 911 immediately if these symptoms occur.
  • Check on those at risk for heat-related illness, including the sick, elderly, pregnant women, children, those living alone, pets, and outdoor workers and athletes.
  • Contact your power company to determine if you are scheduled for a rolling power outage.

“While it is crucial to take care of ourselves, it is equally important to extend a helping hand to those in need. We must look out for those who are more likely to get ill due to the heat, including the elderly, unwell, pregnant women, children, and those living alone. Hot days aren’t just uncomfortable—they can be dangerous,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Los Angeles County Health Officer. “By staying hydrated and keeping cool, we can protect ourselves, our loved ones, friends, and neighbors. If you have an elderly or unwell family member or neighbor, check on them regularly to ensure they are safe and well.”

County and city partners have set up cooling centers for residents without access to air conditioning. For locations, visit ready.lacounty.gov/heat or call 211.

Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and those with access and functional needs, can call 211 for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free number is available 24/7. 211 LA County services can also be accessed by visiting 211la.org.

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