Despite a slight cooling trend, high temperatures are expected to continue throughout the week around California, with triple digits expected in some areas. Typically, the Central Valley is hit the hardest. In fact, the searing heat that hovered in July 2006 was especially brutal as it was blamed for 140 deaths in the state, 45 of those in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. There was a reported spike in emergency room visits by more than 16,000 across the Central Valley during the ten-day period when temperatures were above 100.
So be sure to heed warnings from local and state officials; it could save a life, maybe yours.
Tips to Prevent Heat Related Illness
- Never leave infants, children or the frail elderly unattended in a parked car.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty.
- Dress in … continue reading »
The five top things to monitor about your pets during the summer. Brought to you by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the Sacramento SPCA. Cal OES published this story five years ago but the information is still as valuable as ever.
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PetMD: 7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer
We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:
- Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm … continue reading »
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 19, 2017
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The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, and Wednesday, June 21. Consumers are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon when air conditioners typically are at peak use. Consumers can help avoid power outages by turning off all unnecessary lights, using major appliances before 2 p.m. and after 9 p.m. , and setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher. During times of high temperatures, demand on the power grid can be strained, as air conditioner use increases. The forecast peak usage for Tuesday and Wednesday is expected to exceed 47,000 megawatts each day in California ISO’s … continue reading »
Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers to protect their outdoor workers from heat illness, especially those not accustomed to working in high heat conditions. Employers need to ensure workers are drinking plenty of water and taking breaks in the shade as temperatures rise across many regions of California. The National Weather Service is forecasting unusually high temperatures throughout the state, which will remain high for the rest of this week and into next week.
“California rules are very clear on how employers must protect their workers from heat illness,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Our goal is to prevent deaths and serious illnesses and injuries caused by exposure to heat.”
Special attention must be given to new employees who have not been acclimatized to … continue reading »
Our friends at the National Weather Service (NWS) have developed a tool to help you understand what forecasted heat means to you. It is called the experimental HeatRisk. The tool provides a color and numeric value that places forecast heat for a specific location into an appropriate level of heat concern, along with identifying groups potentially most at risk at that level.
HeatRisk is a useful tool for planning and preparing for upcoming heat events. It shows potential risks associated with excessive heat and gives recommendations for heat protection.
Heat commonly affects certain groups, typically identified as heat sensitive or heat vulnerable, at lower thresholds than other populations. Some of these groups include:
- The elderly and the very young;
- Those on certain medications and/or those with … continue reading »
With California’s heat season quickly approaching, Cal/OSHA today hosted a news conference to remind employers that prevention is the best defense for outdoor workers against heat-related illness and death.
A key component of Cal/OSHA’s prevention model includes annual trainings statewide in both English and Spanish. Nisei Farmers League and 11 other agricultural employers co-sponsored training sessions in each language today in Easton. The training highlights the need to protect outdoor workers from heat illness and the requirements under California’s heat illness standard.
“Cal/OSHA continues to enforce the nation’s most comprehensive heat illness prevention regulation, and we will continue our outreach, consultation and training for workers and employers to ensure that workers are protected from the heat,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum.
The risk of heat illness is generally highest for people who work outdoors. Therefore, Cal/OSHA’s prevention approach includes … continue reading »
SACRAMENTO – In response to forecasts of excessive heat early next week, especially in Southern California, state officials are urging Californians to prepare for potentially record-breaking temperatures starting Sunday. State agencies and utility companies have already implemented plans and taken steps in anticipation of the heatwave.
This warming trend has prompted the issue of Excessive Heat Watches and Warnings by the National Weather Service (NWS) Sunday through Wednesday in desert and high-desert areas, as well as parts of Fresno, San Diego, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial and Orange and Los Angeles Counties.
“Heat-related emergencies cause dozens of deaths in California each year and prompt thousands of people to seek treatment at local emergency rooms,” said California Department of Public Health (CDPH) … continue reading »