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Heat persists; Causes outages, concern

June 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
There are other ways to beat the heat without heading to a cooling center or cranking the air-conditioning. In east L.A., people turned to ice for a quick cool-down.

They stood in line in the blistering heat outside one supplier just to buy bags and blocks of ice.

And beaches all along the coast were packed.

150,000 people sought relief on the beach in Santa Monica Saturday.

ABC7 Eyewitness News reports:

Weather Resources:

In the San Gabriel Valley, many residents were just trying to keep cool after another day of triple-digit temperatures.

On Friday, records were broken up and down the state.

Some are saying the heat has been almost painful.

One big tip to stay healthy in the heat is to go somewhere it's cool. In Malibu, it was 87 degrees on Friday, which is a relief compared to inland temperatures that were in the 100s.

Anywhere there is a large body of water, you can expect to find a lot of people, whether that is the beach or the community pool.

Residents should be drinking plenty of water and wearing appropriate clothing.

"Because of the heat, I'm staying in the house with the air conditioner on," said West Hills residents Avonelle Rohe.

Some residents said it was too hot to stay indoors, even with air-conditioning.

"We have two air conditioners at our house and the temperature would not go below 81 degrees," said Harvey Cohen.

For those who have to work outside, high temps are not only uncomfortable -- they can also be dangerous.

"We used to drink a lot of water ... just to make sure we stay cool," said Rigo Mejia, who was working outdoors.

Just how hot is it?

"This is a great preparation for hell," said one local man.

Here are a few tips from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid heat-related illnesses:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Use sunscreen
  • Limit outdoor activities to the morning and evening hours
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars
  • Check on those at high risk, including infants, children, and the elderly

Signs of heat stroke include:

  • An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally)
  • Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Unconsciousness

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fainting

Portions of this story were reported on by Wendy Burch

 

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