OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2017
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Scott Brewer, Emergency Services Manager
City of Oxnard
(805) 385-7717, email@example.com
OXNARD, Calif.- The City of Oxnard, in response to the heat wave, will be operating emergency cooling centers throughout the City to help residents beat the heat. Today, temperatures could reach as high as 100 degrees. With high temperatures and humidity, heat can become dangerous, especially for seniors, children, pets, people who work outside, and people with certain health conditions. Staying safe in high heat is important. Follow these simple tips to stay cool:
- 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 theatres, malls, restaurants, or other locations with air conditioners.
If these locations are inaccessible to you the City of Oxnard offers emergency cooling centers where you can beat the heat. These emergency cooling centers are in City facilities. Cooling centers are open and available from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM unless otherwise noted.
Oxnard Public Libraries
- Main Library- 251 S. A Street, (805) 385-7500
- South Oxnard Library- 4300 Saviers Road, (805 ) 385-8129
- Colonia Gymnasium (open till 3:00pm)- 195 Marquita St., (805) 385-7966
- South Oxnard Center-200 Bard Rd., (805) 488-8539
It is requested that residents do not bring large packages, items, or pets to the cooling centers since these items will not be permitted inside the buildings.
High heat can lead to severe health problems. If you experience the following conditions, 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.
Staying Healthy and Hydrated
The best way to avoid heat-related illness is to stay hydrated. Make sure you look out for your neighbors in the heat! If you see someone who needs help, contact emergency services by calling 911.
For more information contact Scott Brewer, Emergency Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 385-7717.
The City of Oxnard is a full-service general law city incorporated in 1903. Oxnard is the largest and most populous city in the County of Ventura, serving 200,000 culturally diverse residents. Read more about the City of Oxnard at www.oxnard.org. Follow us on social media at www.twitter.com/CityofOxnard (@CityofOxnard), www.facebook.com/CityofOxnard and www.vimeo.com/cityofoxnard.