Guidelines to ensure well-being during upcoming heat wave

As a heat wave settle over the North State, Sierra County is issuing a warning with advice that is applicable in Plumas County as well.
The Sierra County Office of Emergency Services emphasizes the following guidelines to ensure the well-being of individuals during this heatwave:
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration.
  • Seek Cool Environments: Spend time in air-conditioned or cool places. If you do not have access to air conditioning, consider visiting public spaces with air conditioning or use fans to circulate air.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing to help your body stay cool. Wear hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays when outside.
  • Limit Outdoor Activities: Minimize outdoor activities, especially during peak heat hours, typically from late morning to early evening. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas and stay well-hydrated.
  • Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Regularly check on elderly neighbors, individuals with chronic illnesses, and those living alone. Ensure they have access to cooling facilities and offer assistance if needed.
  • Never Leave People or Pets in Parked Vehicles: Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach life-threatening levels within minutes. Never leave children, seniors, or pets unattended in a parked car, even with the windows slightly open.
  • Stay Informed: Monitor local weather updates and heat advisories from reliable sources. Follow the guidance of local authorities and health officials regarding heatwave safety measures.