From the daily archives: Monday, August 22, 2011

… EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TUESDAY TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ THURSDAY…

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM MST /10 AM PDT/ TUESDAY TO 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ THURSDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA: YUMA AND LA PAZ COUNTIES IN ARIZONA… IMPERIAL AND EASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: TACNA… WELLTON… FORTUNA FOOTHILLS… YUMA… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… EHRENBERG… PARKER… CHIRIACO SUMMIT… DESERT CENTER… BLYTHE… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… EL CENTRO

* TEMPERATURE: HIGHS 110-115. OVERNIGHT LOWS FOR URBAN AREAS IN THE MID 80S.

* IMPACTS: HEAT RELATED ILLNESS BECOMES MUCH MORE LIKELY DURING PERIODS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT. THE HOMELESS… THE ELDERLY… AND THOSE WHO WORK OUTDOORS ARE MOST AT RISK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT… YOUR HEAD AND BODY WILL BE MUCH COOLER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY… CALL 9 1 1.

 
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