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High Temperature Alert Issued by Officials

  • By David Barron

With outdoor temperatures expected to go well over the 100 degree mark, safety officials are warning residents to stay cool and watch for signs of high temperature problems.

The Monterey Park Fire Department  remind ed citizens to take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside during this heat wave. 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.

The City of Monterey Park’s Langley Senior Center serves as a cooling center during heat waves such as this. The center's normal operating hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. but hours may be extended on a day by day basis. Langley Senior Center is located at 400 W. Emerson Avenueand may be reached at 626-307-1395. For a list of other cooling centers in the county, visit the County of LA website (http://lacoa.org/PDF/coolingcenters.pdf) or call 2-1-1.

Safety officials said an excessive heat warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures will occur. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.

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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