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Heat & Summer Safety

Heat safety is very important, especially during extremely hot weather! Make sure to take steps to protect yourself and your family from summer risks such as drowning, dehydration, sun exposure, too much heat, and poor air quality.

Use the information in this toolkit to keep your community informed about summer and heat safety and what they can do to stay safe during the warm months and during heat emergencies. For more summer safety messaging, visit our Drowning Prevention Toolkit and Wildfire Safety Toolkit.

Additional Summer/Heat Safety Links 

Social Media Messaging

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Heat Warning
Suggested Messaging: 

[Your county] is expecting excessive heat from [dates].

Stay safe by hydrating with water, finding shade, wearing sunscreen, and taking breaks when outside. If possible, stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as you can. Remember to wear a mask in indoor public settings. To learn more about how to stay safe during a heatwave, click the link in the bio. 

Flex Alert
What to do beforea flex alert
What to do during a flex alert
Suggested Messaging: 

California Independent System Operator (ISO) issued a statewide #FlexAlert for [Insert Date Here], from  [Insert Time Here].

Hot weather means a higher demand for energy. Flex Alerts ask consumers to voluntarily conserve energy around their homes to safeguard the state's energy supply.

Learn more at: http://flexalert.org

Heat StrokeHeat Exhaustion

Suggested Messaging: 

Extreme heat can lead to serious medical emergencies, like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  

Prevent heat-related illness by staying: hydrated, in cool or air-conditioned places, connected with loved ones, and informed on the latest heat emergencies. 

Learn more about how to help someone with heat stroke or heat exhaustion at 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat_Tips-for-Treating-Heat-Related-Illness.aspx. 

If you are pregnant, you are more likely to get heat-related illness than someone who isn't pregnant
Suggested Messaging: 

Pregnant? Exposure to excess heat could lead to preterm birth, low birth weight of newborns, and stillbirths. Take steps to reduce heat exposure by:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • taking breaks in the shade or air-conditioned area
  • Using a fan and spray mister of water
  • Going to a community cooling center if you can't get relief at home
Talk to a health care provider or your workplace to find out how to reduce your risk of heat exhaustion.
https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/repro/heat.html#:~:text=If%20you%20are%20pregnant%2C%20you,more%20likely%20to%20become%20dehydrated.
Babies and children don't sweat like adults do, reducing their ability to cool down on their own
Suggested Messaging: 

Keep babies and children safe in the heat by:

  • Keeping them hydrated
  • Never leaving them in a parked car, even if the windows are open
  • Dressing them in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Taking breaks in the shade or an air-conditioned area
  • For babies under 6-months, giving a little extra breastmilk or formula
  • For babies over 6-months, giving a little water
Learn about how to keep babies and children safe in extreme heat
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/children.html#:~:text=Dress%20infants%20and%20children%20in,to%20prevent%20heat-related%20illness. 
Look before you lock. Heat-related deaths are preventable
​Suggested Messaging: 

Temperatures inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to dangerous levels in the heat. Leaving windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate. Look before you lock and never leave kids, people with disabilities, older adults, or pets in unattended vehicles.

Check on your people. Heat-related deaths are preventable
​Suggested Messaging: 

Some people are at a higher risk for heat-related illnesses like adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing medical conditions, and those without access to air conditioning. Remember, ANYONE is at risk for heat-related illness. Check on your people during heatwaves.

Learn more about how to stay safe during a heatwave by going to: Extreme Heat Information

Stay Hydrated
​Suggested Messaging: 

Drink eight 8oz glasses of water daily and eat plenty of healthy foods like fruits and veggies to keep you hydrated.   

If you do drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages try to alternate them with water throughout the day. To learn more about keeping hydrated this summer visit https://bit.ly/CDCkeephydrated

Look Before You Lock
​​Suggested Messaging: Kids and hot cars can be a deadly combination. Even when it feels cool outside, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Leaving a window open is not enough- temperatures inside the car can rise almost 20 degrees Fahrenheit within the first 10 minutes, even with a window cracked open. Always check to make sure everyone is out of the car before locking the door and walking away. Learn more at https://bit.ly/CDCKidsInCars  
Stay Cool
Suggested Messaging: Extreme heat can cause health problems including, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.  

Cooling center are places you and your family can go to cool off during hot summer days. If needed, find a center near you: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/consumer-support/cooling-centers 

Signs of Dehydration in Adults and Seniors
​​Suggested Messaging: Stay safe this summer and keep hydrated! Hot weather can put you at higher risk of dehydration and heat related illness. 

Seniors, adults, children, and infants can have different dehydration symptoms, so it's essential to look for common signs to keep you and your family safe. 

Learn how to stay hydrated at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/water-and-healthier-drinks.html 

Signs of Dehydration in Children & Infants
Suggested Messaging: Stay safe this summer and keep hydrated! Hot weather can put you at higher risk of dehydration and heat related illness. 

Seniors, adults, children, and infants can have different dehydration symptoms, so it's essential to look for common signs to keep you and your family safe. 

Learn how to stay hydrated at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/water-and-healthier-drinks.html  

Don't let food sit out
Suggested Messaging:
Don't let perishable food sit out of refrigeration for over 2 hours. If the tempeerature is above 90 degrees, food should not be left out more than 1 hour.
For more information about food safety, visit:  https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/What-is-the-2-Hour-Rule-with-leaving-food-out#:~:text=Leaving%20food%20out%20too%20long,levels%20that%20can%20cause%20illness. 

Summer food safety
Suggested Messaging:

Don’t ‘spoil’ your summer BBQ plans. Grill like a PRO by cooking meat thoroughly. Undercooked meat can cause food poisoning.  

Learn more about safe food temperatures at https://www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/safe-minimum-internal-temperatures.  

#SummerSafetyCA 

Don't give bugs a biting chance
Suggested Messaging:
Don’t give bugs a biting chance! If using both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply sunscreen first. Learn more about summer safety by going to: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-summer.htm  
#SummerSafetyCA 
Protect Your Eyes
Suggested Messaging: 😎 Look cool while protecting your eyes from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays! Sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays offer the best protection. Most sunglasses sold in the United States, regardless of cost, meet this standard. Learn more about summer eye safety at https://bit.ly/SafeSummerCDC
Fun in the Sun
​Suggested Messaging: Sun safety during summer is a must. People of all skin tones can reduce their risk of sun damage and skin cancer by: 

🏖🌴 Staying in the shade 

👒😎 Wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and clothing that covers the body 

🧴 Applying broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 for sun protection 

Learn more about sun safety, here: https://bit.ly/CDCSunProtection

Alcohol & Swimming Don't Mix.
​​​Suggested Messaging: Alcohol and swimming don’t mix! Alcohol use is involved in nearly 1 in 4 emergency department visits for drowning. Avoid drinking alcohol when swimming or supervising swimming. Alcohol can slow your reaction time and every second counts when preventing drowning. https://bit.ly/CDC-Drowning-Prevention

Social Media – Spanish

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ALERTA DE CALOR
Suggested Messaging:
Mantente seguro hidratándote con agua, buscando sombra, usando protector solar y tomando descansos cuando estás al aire libre. Si es posible, permanece en edificios con aire acondicionado tanto como puedas. Recuerda usar una mascarilla en lugares públicos interiores. Para obtener más información sobre cómo mantenerte a salvo durante una ola de calor, haz clic en el enlace en la biografía.
Alerta Flex hoy
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SH-2-3--es

Suggested Messaging:
El ISO (operador de sistema independiente) de California emitió una #AlertaFlex estatal para [Pon la fecha aquí], de [Pon la tiempo aquí]. 
El clima caluroso resulta en una mayor demanda de energía. Las alertas Flex les piden a los consumidores que voluntariamente ahorren electricidad en sus hogares para proteger el suministro de energía del estado.  
Obtén más información: http://flexalert.org 
InsolacionGolpe de calor
Suggested Messaging:
Extreme heat can lead to serious medical emergencies, like heat stroke and heat exhaustion.  
Prevent heat-related illness by staying: hydrated, in cool or air-conditioned places, connected with loved ones, and informed on the latest heat emergencies. 
Learn more about how to help someone with heat stroke or heat exhaustion at 
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/EPO/Pages/BI_Natural-Disasters_Extreme-Heat_Tips-for-Treating-Heat-Related-Illness.aspx

i estás embarazada, tienes más probabilidades de contraer una enfermedad relacionada al calor que alguien que no está embarazada
Suggested Messaging: 

¿Estás embarazada? Exponerte al exceso de calor podría provocar un parto prematuro, bajo peso de tu bebé recién nacido y muerte fetal. Toma medidas para reducir tu exposición al calor:  

  • Bebiendo mucha agua  
  • Tomando descansos bajo la sombra o en un área con aire acondicionado  
  • Usando un ventilador y rociador de agua  
  • Yendo a un centro comunitario refrigerado, si no puedes obtener alivio en casa. 

Habla con un proveedor de atención médica o con alguien en tu lugar de trabajo para averiguar cómo reducir el riesgo de un golpe de calor. Más información en 

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/repro/heat.html#:~:text=If%20you%20are%20pregnant%2C%20you,more%20likely%20to%20become%20dehydrated. 

heat-v2-3-es
​Suggested Messaging:

Mantén a los bebés y niños a salvo del calor: 

  • Manteniéndolos hidratados 
  • vitando dejarlos en un auto estacionado, incluso si las ventanas están abiertas 
  • Vistiéndolos con ropa suelta, ligera y de colores claros  
  • Tomando descansos bajo la sombra o en un área con aire acondicionado 
  • Dándoles un poco más de leche materna o fórmula, si son bebés menores de 6 meses 
  • Dándoles un poco de agua, si son bebés mayores de 6 meses 

Obtén más información sobre cómo mantener a los bebés y niños seguros en condiciones de calor extremo en
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/children.html#:~:text=Dress%20infants%20and%20children%20in,to%20prevent%20heat-related%20illness.

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Suggested Messaging: Bebe 8 vasos de agua de 8oz todos los días y come muchos alimentos saludables que te ayudarán a mantenerte hidratadocomo frutas y verduras.   

Si bebes bebidas con cafeína o alcohólicas, intenta alternarlas con agua durante todo el día. Para obtener más información sobre cómo mantenerte hidratado este verano, visita https://bit.ly/CDCkeephydrated

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Suggested Messaging: Los niños y los coches calientes pueden ser una combinación mortal. Incluso cuando se siente fresco afuera, los coches pueden calentarse a temperaturas peligrosas muy rápidamente. Dejar una ventana abierta no es suficiente: las temperaturas dentro del coche pueden aumentar casi 20 grados Fahrenheit en los primeros 10 minutos, incluso con una ventana abierta. Siempre verificaque todos estén fuera del coche antes de cerrar la puerta con llave y partir. Obtén más información en https://bit.ly/CDCKidsInCars
Seguridad alimentaria en el varano
Suggested Messaging: 
No 'arruines' tus planes de barbacoa en el verano. Asa a la parrilla como un PRO cocinando la carne a fondo. La carne poco cocida puede causar intoxicación alimentaria. 
Obtén más información sobre las temperaturas seguras de los alimentos en https://www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/safe-minimum-internal-temperatures. 
#SeguridadEnVeranoCA
No dejas que la comida se quede afuera
Suggested Messaging:
No dejes que los alimentos perecederos permanezcan sin refrigeración por más de 2 horas. Si la temperatura sube a más de 90 grados, los alimentos no deben dejarse afuera por más de 1 hora.  
Para obtener más información sobre la seguridad alimentaria, visita: https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/What-is-the-2-Hour-Rule-with-leaving-food-out#:~:text=Leaving%20food%20out%20too%20long,levels%20that%20can%20cause%20illness. 
#SeguridadEnVeranoCA 
¡No les des a los insectos la oportunidad de picarte!
Suggested Messaging:
¡No les des a los insectos la oportunidad de picarte! Si usas protector solar y repelente de insectos, aplica primero el protector solar. Obtén más información sobre la seguridad en el verano en: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/infographic/healthy-summer.htm 
#SeguridadEnVeranoCA 
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Suggested Messaging: La seguridad solar durante el verano es una necesidad. Las personas de todos los tonos de piel pueden reducir su riesgo de daño solar y cáncer de piel al: 

🏖🌴 Permanecer bajo la sombra 

👒😎 Usar sombreros de ala ancha, lentes de sol y ropa que cubra el cuerpo 

🧴 Aplicar protector solar de amplio espectro con al menos SPF 15 para protección solar 

Obtén más información sobre la seguridad solar, aquí: https://bit.ly/CDCSunProtection

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Suggested Messaging: 😎 ¡Luce de maravilla mientras proteges tus ojos de los dañinos rayos ultravioleta (UV)! Los lentes de sol que bloquean los rayos UVA y UVB ofrecen la mejor protección. La mayoría de los lentes de sol que se venden en los Estados Unidos, independientemente del costo, cumplen con este estándar. Obtén más información sobre la seguridad ocular en verano en https://bit.ly/SafeSummerCDC
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Suggested Messaging: ​¡El alcohol y la natación no se mezclan! El consumo de alcohol está involucrado en casi 1 de cada 4 visitas al departamento de emergencias por ahogamiento. Evita beber alcohol al nadar o al supervisar los que nadan. El alcohol puede atrasar tu tiempo de reacción y cada segundo cuentapara prevenir el ahogamiento. https://bit.ly/CDC-Drowning





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