City of Long Beach Advises Residents to Take Precautions Against Summer Heat
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - As temperatures continue to soar this week, City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis is urging residents to take necessary precautions against the heat. According to the National Weather Service, parts of Long Beach are expected to experience highs in the mid-90s from today, July 9, through Thursday, July 11.

To combat the extreme heat, all City Parks, Recreation and Marine Community Centers and Long Beach Public Library locations have been designated as cooling centers during their regular business hours. Residents are advised to contact these facilities beforehand to confirm their availability in case of unexpected closures.

In addition, Dr. Davis is encouraging people to check on their friends, family and neighbors who may be home-bound to ensure they are not being adversely affected by the heat. While older adults, individuals with chronic illnesses, infants and young children are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses, anyone can suffer from these conditions and should take necessary precautions.

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To stay cool during this heatwave, residents are advised to wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing. It is also recommended to limit outdoor activities during peak heat hours (noon to 6 p.m.) or seek shelter in air-conditioned spaces or take a cool shower or bath.

Staying hydrated is crucial during hot weather. Residents are reminded to drink plenty of fluids even if they do not feel thirsty. It is important to avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks as they can contribute to dehydration. Replacing lost salt and minerals through sports drinks or salty snacks is also recommended. Pet owners should also ensure that their pets have access to plenty of water.

Individuals with chronic health conditions or those who have been advised by their doctor to limit water intake should consult with their healthcare provider for guidance on staying hydrated during this time.

To protect against heat-related illnesses such as sunburns and heat exhaustion, residents are advised to apply sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher at least 30 minutes before going outside and to reapply every two hours. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with 100% UVA and UVB protection, and seeking shade when possible are also recommended. It is crucial to never leave a child or pet in a parked car or in direct sunlight.

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Signs of heat-related illness include heavy sweating, cold and clammy skin, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, headache, and confusion. If someone's temperature rises to 103 degrees or above, they lose consciousness, experience a fast and strong pulse, or if symptoms last longer than an hour or worsen, it is important to seek medical help immediately.

In addition to these precautions, it is also essential to have entry-proof barriers around pools and spas and to always supervise children when they are near water.

For more information on how to stay safe during extreme heat conditions, residents can visit the city's website at or call 562.570.7907. They can also follow the Health Department on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

Media inquiries can be directed to Jennifer Rice Epstein at the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services at 562.441.3590 or via email at

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