Last week’s heat wave served as a reminder that the San Joaquin Valley summer can be dangerous for extended exposure.
Since last Wednesday, temperatures have averaged over 100 degrees with lows only dropping into the 70s. Temperatures were originally expected to cool to the mid 90s by today, but as of press time the National Weather Service (NWS) was forecasting highs between 100 and 105 degrees today, Aug. 15 and tomorrow, Aug. 16.
Tulare County and the incorporated cities continue to offer their facilities as Cooling Centers during the hot daytime hours. The most recent list of Cooling Centers county-wide can be found on-line by visiting http://oes.tularehhsa.org/. NWS issued an Excessive Heat Warning that was in effect from Aug. 10-12, which ended up reaching and surpassing the 106 degrees forecasted during the three-day period.
In response to the Excessive Heat Warning, Tulare County and the incorporated cities continue to offer their facilities as Cooling Centers. The most recent list of Cooling Centers county-wide is included in the list below. Members of the public can also find the list on-line by visiting http://oes.tularehhsa.org/ or by calling the free Tulare County Information Line 2-1-1.
Tulare County Cooling Centers
-Exeter Public Library: 230 E. Chestnut St., Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 592-5361.
-Ivanhoe Public Library: 15964 Heather Ave., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m., Thursdays noon to 3 p.m., 4-7 p.m. 798-1264.
-Lindsay Public Library: 157 N. Mirage St., Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 562-3021.
-Strathmore Public Library: 19646 Road 230, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 568-1087.
-Three Rivers Public Library: 42052 Eggers Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m.; Thursdays noon-5 p.m., 6-8 p.m. 561-4564.
-Woodlake Public Library: 400 W. Whitney Ave., Wednesdays 10 a.m.-noon, 1-6 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2-6 p.m. 564-8424.
-Woodlake City Hall: 350 N. Valencia Blvd.; Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 564-8055
-Valencia House: 248 N. Valencia Blvd. in Woodlake; Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 564-0443
With temperatures expected to climb back beyond 106 today and tomorrow, Tulare County Health and Human Services warns residents to be aware of the common symptoms of heat related conditions listed below:
• Profuse sweating • Weakness
• Dizziness • Headache
• Dim or blurred vision • Cold damp skin
• Extreme tiredness
• Nausea • Hot dry skin
IF YOU NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL YOUR PHYSICIAN OR 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY.
How to Beat the Heat
Simple measures are recommended for protection against heat-related illnesses during this time as we enter the hot summer months. Please follow these hot weather tips during high heat conditions:
-Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated
-Use air conditioning. Spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls or cooling centers.
-Use portable electric fans. The fans will exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
-Avoid unnecessary physical activity if you are outside or in a non-air-conditioned building, try not to overdo it.
-Stay out of the Sun. Avoid going out in the heat and direct sunlight if you can.
-Wear head covering when exposed to direct sunlight preferably a hat with a wide brim, and rest often in shady areas.
-Dress light. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting cotton clothing.
-Avoid heavy meals. Eat light, cool, and easy to digest foods such as fruit or salad.
-Ask your physician if you need to make any changes to daily medications when exposed to high temperatures. Avoid using salt tablets unless instructed to do so by your physician.
-NEVER leave anyone unattended in closed, parked vehicles. Heat build-up exceeds tolerance levels very quickly and can result in serious illness or death.
-Keep electric lights down low or turned off and avoid using your oven.
-Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
-Take a cool bath or shower periodically, or apply cool towels to cool down your body.
-Keep in contact with friends and family who may be at greater risk of heat illness. This includes but is not limited to, infants, young children, elderly, and those who are ill.