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Residents reminded of dangers of heat

Posted: August 2, 2011 10:41 a.m.
Updated: August 2, 2011 10:41 a.m.

Local agencies issue safety warnings this week as summer temperatures posed particular threats for children and the elderly.

Los Angeles County Mayor Michael D. Antonovich issued a list of safety recommendations compiled by the Department of Public Health, including:

- Never leave children, elderly people or pets alone in a parked vehicle.

- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing to stay cool

- Drink water often. Avoid drinking alcohol.

- Check on those in your neighborhood who have limited mobility.

- Stay in an air-conditioned area (a mall, park or library) during peak heat hours

- Avoid unnecessary exposure.

- When in the sun, wear a hat with a wide brim.

- Don't exercise vigorously outside during the hottest hours of the day.

A similar warning was sent out by the California Highway Patrol reminding the public of the dangers of leaving children in cars unattended.

"It takes mere minutes for the temperature inside of a vehicle to become deadly, even in the shade," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a news release.

The CHP reminded the public that leaving children alone in cars is illegal.



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