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News Take Precautions during hot weather.Taking Precautions against the heat. Take precautions during hot weather LA Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs would like to remind older adults and people with heat-sensitive disabilities to take the following precautions in the hot weather: • Keep air circulating with fans. • Take cool sponge baths. • Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing. If you go out, wear a hat. • Drink lots of water even if you’re not thirsty. • Avoid alcohol. • Limit physical activity and direct exposure to the sun. • Check with your health care provider about how the warm weather may affect your prescription drugs. Symptoms of heat-induced illness include: an increase in body temperature; extremely hot and dry skin; a strong and rapid pulse rate; throbbing headache; dizziness; vomiting; and nausea. If you experience these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or your health-care provider. This is also an opportunity for neighbors to check on their senior or disabled friends and relatives during the hot weather. Since many people experiencing heat related symptoms may be unaware that they are having a problem, it is critical to check on elderly and disabled folks living alone or who are socially isolated.
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