Beat the heat

Tips on staying cool and avoiding heat-related conditions

You may have noticed the furnace-like heat baking the North State to a crisp. It’s been hot enough to concern public health officials, who are advising residents to stay “cool, hydrated and informed.” A press release from the Butte County Public Health Department recommends these precautions to avoid heat-related conditions such as heat stroke, exhaustion or cramps:

• Limit exercise and strenuous work during the hottest hours of the day.

• Keep your family and pets inside where air conditioning is available.

• Drink plenty of cool, nonalcoholic and noncaffeinated beverages, even if you don’t feel thirsty.

• Rest often in shady areas.

• Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing; a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

• Never lock unattended pets or children in a parked car.

• Take short, cool showers to cool off during the day.