Coping with High-Heat Days During Safer At Home Orders
The City of West Hollywood has declared a local emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis and is advising community members to adhere to Los Angeles County Safer At Home and California State Stay at Home orders.
High heat, coupled with low humidity, can make the weather dangerous as well as uncomfortable during heat advisory conditions. During the coronavirus crisis, heat poses an additional challenge for community members who may not have access to air conditioning.
Due to the need to adhere to protocols for physical distancing, the City is unable to open its regular Cooling Center at Plummer Park during the coronavirus emergency.
If you have immediate concerns about the impact of hot weather on yourself or a loved one in the City of West Hollywood, the City’s Social Services Division may be able to coordinate assistance for community members who are older adults or are vulnerable to high-heat conditions. Please call (323) 848-6510 for information.
If you feel symptoms of severe dehydration or heat cramps, such as dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst, call 911.
The City of West Hollywood reminds residents and community members to take basic precautions to keep as cool as possible:
Tips for hot weather:
- Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment, especially older adults. If your home or apartment is not air conditioned, consider going outside to a private shady area that has a breeze, such as a patio or courtyard – please be mindful of social distancing and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others;
- Remember to check on neighbors, family, and friends — especially older adults and people with health conditions — to make sure they are well. Take them extra water or a cool beverage, but maintain social distancing and wear a face covering;
- When out for essential needs such as groceries or medications, never leave anyone unattended in a closed vehicle, including pets! For more pet care tips visit www.animalcare.lacounty.gov
- Make sure your pets also have easy access to water and a cool place to rest.
- Keep air conditioners set to 78 degrees or set fans to cool.
- Close blinds and drapes to block out direct heat.
- Use major appliances in early morning or after 7 p.m., when energy demand is lower.
- Turn off lights, air conditioners, computers, televisions, and other electronics when not in use.
Avoid strenuous activity and stay mindful of physical signs of dehydration:
- If you have heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, avoid strenuous activity to reduce heat-related illness.
- Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid or reduce unnecessary exertion or vigorous exercise.
- When out for essential needs, seek shady spots; wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim and use plenty of sunscreen.
Maintain LA County Safer At Home orders:
Heat can be dangerous, especially in direct sun. The City of West Hollywood urges community to continue to stay in place, maintain your space, and cover your face. Leave home only for essential needs; always use social distancing of at least six feet; and follow guidelines to use cloth face coverings such as bandanas or scarves so that medical masks, which are in short supply.
Flex Your Power:
Occasionally hot weather adds strain to the power grid. To learn about any planned Flex Alerts, West Hollywood community members can call Southern California Edison at 800-611-1911 or log on to https://www.sce.com.