Extremely hot weather can result in heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, heat rash, and in some instances death. Please take safety measures to stay safe and lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors. If you know of a vulnerable person without air conditioning, such as an elderly or infirm neighbor or someone with a drug or alcohol disorder or severe mental illness, please help them get to an air conditioned space between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. If you see someone on the street who may be having a life-threatening reaction to the heat, please call 911. Thank you for doing your part to keep people safe during a heat crisis.
Hot weather safety tips
Drink plenty of water: Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty, and avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar because they will speed up fluid loss
Limit physical activity: Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day, generally 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Never leave people or pets in a closed, parked car
Stay in air-conditioned areas, whenever possible
Cool off by taking a bath or shower: Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best
Wear cool clothing: Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting cotton clothing can help you keep cool
Do not bundle babies: Babies do not handle heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed, so do not put them in blankets or heavy clothing
Cover your head: Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors because your head absorbs heat easily
Wear sunglasses and sunscreen: Use sunscreen with higher SPF when outdoors
Rest often in shady areas: Find shady places to cool down when outdoors
Check on frail or elderly family, friends, or neighbors often
Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions
During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area, whenever possible
Older adults and those on certain medications may not exhibit signs of dehydration until several hours after dehydration sets in. Stay hydrated by frequently drinking cool water. If you’re on a special diet that limits liquids, check with your doctor for information on the amount of water to consume.
Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect against sun damage. And remember to use sun screen and to wear sunglasses.
Infants and children
It is illegal to leave an infant or child unattended in a vehicle (California Vehicle Code Section 15620)
Infants and young children can get dehydrated very quickly. Make sure they are given plenty of cool water to drink
Keep children indoors or shaded as much as possible
Dress children in loose, lightweight, and light-colored clothing
During hot weather, specific Menlo Park public facilities are designated as cooling centers, locations where the public may come to get out of the heat during normal business hours.