By Nikki Garret Metzger
High Desert Daily
(Victor Valley) – San Bernardino Public Health Officer Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare issued Thursday an extreme heat advisory for San Bernardino County, due to high temperature forecasts for the inland and desert regions.
The advisory is expected to continue through this weekend with temperatures passing the 100 degree mark in the High Desert.
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health and in extreme cases, it can cause death. Those most at risk are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.
Here are some important safety tips to stay safe and cool include:
Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
Find an air-conditioned Cooling Center open to the public online at www.coolingsb.org. Cooling Centers can be found at the Adelanto Branch Library, the VictorvilleCity Library, and Newton T. Bass Library in Apple Valley adjacent to Town Hall.
Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.
Consider these facts:
-No one is immune to the sun’s harmful rays.
-More than 90% of skin cancers occur on sun-exposed skin.
-Over 1 million new skin cancers are diagnosed annually.
-In some parts of the world, melanoma is increasing at rates faster than any other cancer.
-You can sunburn even on a cloudy day.
-One blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
MDAQMD ISSUES WARNING FOR PHELAN
Along with the heat warning, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) is warning that ozone levels in Phelan may exceed 100 on the Air Quality Index for Friday, August 26, 2011.
AQI levels between 101 and 150 are considered unhealthful for sensitive
Residents are urged to follow these precautions:
• Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma,
should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.
• Susceptible persons, such as those with heart or lung disease, should minimize
For more information visit http://www.healthysanbernardinocounty.org/