Baby, It's Hot Outside! City Official Offers Tips on Staying Safe in Today's Extreme Heat

Published : Friday, July 6, 2018 | 5:19 AM

Various forecasts for today’s heatwave in Pasadena predict a 112, 114, or even 116 degree peak temperature, with Saturday dropping to a mere 103 degrees.

City officials say these temperatures can result in serious – even fatal — heat-related health incidents.

Acting Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian offers some tips on how to be safe and cool as temps climb into triple digits.

Derderian says the situation can be potentially threatening to the very young and elderly, those performing outdoor activities, and those without access to air conditioning.

There could also be an increased potential for power outages during the period.

“We want people to hydrate before they’re thirsty,” she said. “If you’re going to work out hopefully, you do so early in the morning before it gets too hot. Hydrate the night before and early in the morning because we do see a lot of heat-related illnesses when temperatures reach get this high.”

Authorities are expecting to see an increase in 9-1-1 calls related to heat-related injuries starting Friday, but residents can help minimize these by being aware of the impacts of the heat — not only to people but also to pets.

“Don’t bring your pets out there,” Derderian noted. “If it’s too hot for you to walk around, your pet’s paws can easily get burned too.”

She also cautioned residents against using hose water to spray on children and pets. “Do not use hose water unless you test the temperature first. Just from the hose sitting out in this heat turning it on right away can be extremely hot and can cause burns on both pets and people.”

Derderian also advised residents to “look out for neighbors.” Those that don’t have air conditioning in their homes can visit any one of the city’s public libraries and community centers where they cool down and have help, should they need any medical care.

On Tuesday, the City Manager’s office published warnings about the coming excessive heat and reminded residents that Pasadena swimming pools and cooling centers will be open, including the Jackie Robinson Center at 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, and Villa-Parke Community Center at 363 E. Villa Street, both of which will be open up to 5 p.m. Friday.

Public libraries will also be ready to receive residents who want to cool down.

“We’re trying to do whatever we can to accommodate those that may not have air conditioning,” Derderian said. “Public transportation is pretty easy to access in Pasadena. So we want to make sure that people abide by heat-related precautions.”

She also advised people to call 9-1-1 if they feel ill.

“Heat-related illnesses can turn fatal,” she said. “So we want to make sure that we assess anybody that’s not feeling well due to the heat. A good gauge for dehydration—you want your urine to be clear. If your urine is not clear, you’re not getting enough hydration or water in your system. If you’re exercising for more than 15 minutes, make sure you drink something that has electrolytes in it to replenish rather than lose them from exercising.”

She was also specific about watching out for elderly family members and neighbors, who perspire less because of age but could easily overheat without anyone noticing.

Derderian also advised people to be mindful of possible fire hazards. A Red Flag Warning has not been put into place yet, but that may change.

“We don’t anticipate Red Flag at this point because the humidity level is high, but that can change quickly, too,” she said. “We still have critical fire danger that is anticipated throughout the week. A concern of ours is that people still may be holding on to fireworks and so they start lighting those up. With the high temperatures and dry vegetation that’s a very volatile mix, so it’s a big concern of ours.”

For more advisories, residents are advised to call the Citizen Service Center at (626) 744-7311.

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