OXNARD, Calif. - Emergency cooling shelters throughout the City of Oxnard have opened to the public in response to the heat wave currently affecting California.
Find cooling centers at the following locations:
- Main Library: 251 S. A Street
- South Oxnard Library: 4300 Saviers Road
- Colonia Gymnasium (open until 3 p.m.): 195 Marquita Street
- South Oxnard Center: 200 Bard Road
Cooling centers are open and available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday unless otherwise noted. City officials remind residents using these centers not to bring large packages, items or pets since these will not be permitted inside the buildings.
Weather forecasters are anticipating Tuesday temperatures to reach as high as 100-degrees. High temperatures and humidity can become extremely dangerous for seniors, children pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions.
To stay safe during high heat, officials recommend following these tips:
- Drink plenty of cool water! Stay hydrated.
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing that will keep you cool. Wear sunscreen and a hat for protection.
- Check on neighbors who might be vulnerable to the heat, especially those without air conditioning.
- Never leave children or pets in a car - not even for one minute. Temperatures inside a car can quickly skyrocket to deadly levels.
- If you work or play outside, take frequent breaks to hydrate and cool off in the shade.
- Don't forget the pets! Keep pets indoors if possible. If kept outside, give them plenty of water and shade to rest in.
- Symptoms of heat-related illness include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention.
- Move to cooler locations that are generally open to the public such as movie theaters, malls, restaurants, or other locations with air conditioners.
If you experience the following health conditions due to high heat, seek medical attention immediately:
- Symptoms include muscular pains and spasms, usually in the stomach, arms or leg muscles.
- Heat cramps usually result from heavy exertion, such as exercise, during extreme heat.
- Although heat cramps are the least severe of all heat-related problems, they are usually the first signal that the body is having trouble coping with hot temperatures. Heat cramps should be treated immediately with rest, fluids and getting out of the heat.
- Seek medical attention or call 911 if pain is severe or nausea occurs.
- Symptoms include heavy sweating, pale and clammy moist skin, extreme weakness or fatigue, muscle cramps, headache, dizziness or confusion, nausea or vomiting, fast and shallow breathing, or fainting.
- First Aid: Heat exhaustion should be treated immediately with rest in a cool area, sipping water or a sports drink, applying cool and wet cloths.
- If left untreated, victims may go into heat stroke.
- Seek medical attention if the person does not respond to the above, basic treatment.
- Symptoms include flushed, hot, moist skin or a lack of sweat, high body temperature, confusion or dizziness, possible unconsciousness, throbbing headache, rapid, or strong pulse.
- Heat stroke is the most severe heat-related illness and occurs when a person’s temperature control system, which produces sweat, stops working.
- Heat stroke may lead to brain damage and death.
- First Aid: Call 911. Move victim to a cool shaded area. Fan the body, and spray body with water.