Kern Public Health provides tips for staying safe in heat, cooling centers open

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The first heatwave of the summer is just about here as triple-digit temperatures are expected over the next few days.

Kern Public Health has some advice on how to stay cool and safe as summer officially begins on Thursday.

  • Drink plenty of water, even when you aren’t thirsty and hold off on alcohol until things cool down.
  • Try to limit outdoor activities.
  • Regularly check on your elders or friends who live alone.
  • Do not leave kids, seniors or pets inside a parked car. Public health says it takes just 10 minutes for the heat to become deadly.
  • If you feel a strong, fast pulse, or start feeling confused suddenly, get to a doctor immediately.

On Wednesday, the county will open a cooling center at 800 Walnut Drive in Arvin. It will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cooling centers in Kern County will be open on days where the temperature is forecast to be 105 degrees. 

You can find more information on local cooling centers by visiting their website.

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