Staying Safe in the Heat this Week

Mather, CA - On average, a child dies from heatstroke after being left alone in a hot vehicle every ten days. Eighty-two percent of the time, the parent doesn't realize the child is in the car! This occurs either if the parent forgets the child is there, or when the child gains access to the car and becomes trapped. With the extreme heat expected this week, it is critical that children (and animals) are not left in cars, even for a minute!

Extreme heat affects the body's ability to cool itself, even outside of a hot car. Heat-related emergencies range from heat cramps to heat exhaustion to heat stroke, which can be fatal. With the warm temperatures expected this week, it is critical to watch for the signs of heat-related emergencies with children, pets, and elderly neighbors.

Follow the tips below to keep cool and safe this week:

  • Never leave children or pets in the car, even for a moment. Temperatures inside a car can become deadly in a short time, even with a window cracked.
  • Check on elderly family, friends and neighbors, as well as those who live alone or do not have air conditioning.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, or your power goes out, get relief from the heat by visiting cool, indoor facilities (cooling centers, libraries, theaters, malls).
  • Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day, before you are thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Minimize outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day.
  • Make sure outdoor animals have ample shade and water.

Cooling Centers have already opened and more are scheduled to open throughout the county later this week. For the most up-to-date information on Cooling Center locations and hours, call 2-1-1 or visit

Now is the time to be a community... help neighbors, pets, and children stay safe and cool during this heat wave.

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