A heat alert issued on September 12 has been extended through Wednesday September 17 for areas of the Los Angeles Basin and Pacific Palisades.
Temperatures today are expected to reach highs of 94 degrees and a low of 75 degrees according to The Weather Channel. As dangerous rising temperatures can take a toll on our most vulnerable community members including children, the elderly and pets, precautions should be taken to keep safe in the heat.
Children should dress in loose and light-colored clothing, and be provided with plenty of water as they can easily overheat.
Public health officials are advising people to keep the elderly in air conditioned environments and check on neighbors who may not have air conditioning.
Make sure pets always have plenty of water and do not leave them in the sun or the garage.
In addition, officials are urging residents to be mindful of symptoms of heat-related illnesses including muscular pains and spasms, heavy sweating, extreme fatigue, nausea and high body temperature.
Should these symptoms arise, health officials advise to get out of the heat, drink plenty of water and cool the body with wet cloths. Seek medical attention if symptoms persist or worsen.
As a reminder, temperatures in vehicles can quickly rise to life-threatening status it is crucial to never leave pets or children in the car, even with the windows down.
To reduce the chance of another community-wide power outage, residents are urged to turn thermostats to 78 degrees, unplug electronics and chargers when not in use, and restrict the usage of major appliances like washing machines and dishwashers to either the early morning or late evening when the day is at its coolest.
Dial it down and reduce the strain on the power grid.
Be smart and keep cool in the heat!
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