For Immediate ReleaseJuly 26, 2019
Heat watch reinforces importance of individual and neighborhood preparedness
San Rafael, CA – The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the Bay Area. While Marin County is not included in this Watch, NWS has identified areas of moderate heat risk in San Rafael, Novato, Fairfax, Kentfield and Larkspur.
As temperatures continue to rise with climate change, officials expect to see more severe weather events, including poor air quality days and an increase in Red Flag Warnings. These conditions also increase the probability of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
Heat affects everyone differently. Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect a person’s health, especially when outdoors for long periods of time. Those most vulnerable to extreme heat include older adults, people with chronic medical conditions or mental health conditions and the socially isolated.
“Marin County residents living in affected areas should find relief from high outdoor temperatures,” says Dr. Lisa Santora, the County’s Deputy Public Health Officer. “We urge people to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and to take common sense measures to stay cool and healthy during extreme temperatures."
During this heat wave, residents should take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects for heat-related illnesses. Marin Health and Human Services suggests the following tips to stay cool and safe, including:
Heat-related illness is a spectrum of disorders due to environmental factors, specifically heat exposure. Symptoms can be minor from heat rash, cramps, headache and fatigue, to more severe and even life-threatening conditions like heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Preparation can make a difference in avoiding heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Be familiar with local cooling center locations. Review additional extreme heat preparation tips recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about the Public Safety Power Shutoff Program and how to prepare for extended power outages.
Dr. Lisa SantoraDeputy Public Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Lisa SantoraMarin HHS website