by Publisher CoachellaValley | September 3, 2020 9:08 am
To protect yourself, please see the tips below from Riverside County:
Drink plenty of water
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Turn on your air conditioner
Stay in air-conditioned space at home, or someplace cool
Schedule outside activities before noon or in the evening
Avoid or minimize physical exertion
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing
Wear a wide-brimmed hat, or use an umbrella for shade
Slow down—rest in the shade or a cool place every chance you get.
If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan
Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid cooking with your oven.
Take a cool shower or bath
Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a person or animal alone in a vehicle during high temperatures
Check on your friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions
Older individuals are at higher risk for problems when it’s very hot. You are also at high risk if you:
Have certain medical conditions
Take medicine for high blood pressure
Have mental health conditions
Have been drinking alcohol
Use IV drugs
Have had a previous heat-related illness
Save Energy Costs
Set thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. You save 3-5 percent on your air conditioning cost for each degree you raise the thermostat.
Replace filters often, even in the summer.
Keep your air conditioning duct vents clean and clear. Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking air vents or keeping cool air from circulating freely.
Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’S) CFLs use about ¼ as much electricity and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
Turn off air and open windows for a cross breeze on cooler evenings.
Keep lights off or turned down.
Get your home weatherized
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