High temperatures are a fact of life in the Los Angeles summer, especially in our part of the Valley. We can all hope that the heat waves are few and far between, but we should be informed about how to take care of ourselves, our families, and our neighbors in the summer weather.
- Understand heat illness, especially during heat waves. Some great information from NIOSH is on our Bulletin page under the Community tab of this site.
- The first signs of overheating can include cramping, numbness, dizziness, and nausea, but it's different for everyone. Watch yourself and those around you. If you feel bad, take a break.
- Wear light clothing, drink plenty of water, take regular breaks from activity, and avoid activity during the hottest parts of the day.
- Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade. Many will shed more for the summer, but a haircut helps too.
- Never leave pets or kids alone in a car, even for a few minutes. Cracked windows don't help enough in the summer sun. Take them into the store during your errands or leave them at home.
- If you can't get cool at home, visit a library or recreation center during the day. They often have extended hours and the City and County open more cooling centers during bad heat waves. To find a cooling center near you for yourself or a neighbor who needs one, call 3-1-1.
- Turn off devices like TV's and computers during heat waves. They not only generate more heat in your home, but they also put extra strain on the power grid.
- Check your insulation and energy efficiency. DWP and other agencies have many programs to help upgrade older appliances to energy efficient models, and other incentives to be more energy efficient. Visit LADWP.com and look for Rebates under the Residential section to learn more.
- Plants and lawns have a tough time in the heat, but if your water bill is rising too high with the temperature, consider an alternative landscape. One of the Residential Rebates on the LADWP website will pay to take replace your green lawn with a water-smart alternative.