Friday, April 18, 2014
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Extreme Heat Preparedness

Sun in SkyHeat kills by taxing the human body beyond its abilities. In a normal year, about 175 Americans succumb to the demands of summer heat. In the 40-year period from 1936 through 1975, nearly 20,000 people were killed in the United States by the affects of heat and solar radiation. In the disastrous heat wave of 1980, more than 1,250 people died. 

Cities pose special hazards. Stagnant atmospheric conditions of the heat wave trap pollutants in urban areas and add the stresses of severe pollution to the already dangerous conditions of hot weather. Air conditioning can provide relief, but due to rising energy costs many individuals and families turn off units putting themselves at risk for heat related illnesses. 

How Heat Affects The Body 

Heat disorders generally have to do with a reduction or collapse of the body's ability to shed heat by circulatory changes and sweating, or a chemical (salt) imbalance caused by too much sweating. When heat gain exceeds the level the body can remove, or when the body cannot compensate for fluids and salt lost through perspiration, the temperature of the body's inner core begins to rise and heat-related illnesses may develop.

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Cooling Centers

When the National Weather Service predicts temperatures to be 105 degrees or greater, Clovis residents are welcome to take advantage of the Sierra Vista Mall as a cooling center. 

Sierra Vista Mall -1050 Shaw Avenue, Clovis 

Transportation is available to cool zones through Clovis Stageline at 324-2760 and Clovis Roundup at 324-2760. Transportation hours and service time varies. Non-service animals are not allowed at the center. 

Mall hours are 10am to 9pm Monday – Friday, 10am – 7pm Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday.

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Heat Wave Safety Tips
  • Slow Down - Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily at home. 
  • Dress for Summer - Lightweight light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures. 
  • Eat Right - Fruits and vegetables help the body maintain an appropriate balance. Avoid fatty foods that can cause the body to increase metabolic heat production which increases water loss. 
  • Stay Hydrated - Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs to keep cool and drinking even if you don't feel thirsty helps your body stay hydrated. Persons who have epilepsy, heart/kidney or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. 
  • Check on At-Risk Family/Friends - During extreme heat conditions, check twice a day on friends and family members who are elderly, medically fragile or have limited access to adequate cooling. 
  • Protect Your Pets - Bring pets inside during the hottest time of the day. Never leave pets in a parked car. Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for outdoor pets.
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Contact Us

Clovis Fire Department

1233 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

(559) 324-2200

Call 9-1-1 in an emergency

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