Staying Safe During Extreme Heat

 

2023 was the hottest year on record, with extremely warm temperatures that started in the spring and stretched into the fall across the US, experts say that 2024 may be even hotter due to climate change. It is important to have the right resources to help you get through what may be a hotter than normal summer.

Cities such as San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, and Phoenix have funded new plans to help deal with the potential extreme heat. Some plans include providing resources to its citizens along with combating the urban heat island effect.

What Resources are Available?

Despite the proximity to the ocean, in San Diego the urban heating effect combined with relatively few days with clouds and storms means that the extreme heat could build significantly over the year. The resources that are being used across the southern regions of the US start with the efforts to directly reduce the heat island effect created by pavement, specifically asphalt. Such efforts include the following:

  • Planting More Trees
  • Using Cool Pavement Treatments
  • Creating More Green Spaces

There are also resources that people living in the city can use, starting with the designated cool zones found in public buildings such as libraries, malls, and other designated buildings. Because extreme heat can have debilitating effects, those who are most vulnerable like seniors, people with disabilities, and pets should stay outdoors as much as possible.

In San Diego, the city has created an Urban Heat Vulnerability Index that addresses how at risk the communities are within the city boundaries. This includes use of land, social, and health factors. Data collection campaigns are currently being run to better determine how extreme heat affects specific areas.

What Can You Do to Combat Extreme Heat?

For residents of San Diego, preparing early is extremely beneficial. The heat can start as early as late spring and stretch into the fall. The more you do today, the better off you will be tomorrow. 

  • Use Electric Fans to Circulate Cool Air and Reduce Strain on Your Air Conditioner
  • Drink Plenty of Water
  • Avoid Beverages with Caffeine,  Alcohol, and Sugar
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Wear a Hat Outdoors and Minimize Your Exposure to the Sun
  • Understand the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke

Contact Brickley Environmental Today

With numerous dangers facing your home or business, calling the professionals at Brickley Environmental is a good place to start. We offer our knowledge and experience along with the tools to detect and remove infestations of various types. The services provided by Brickley Environmental include the following.

  • Asbestos Abatement
  • Mold Remediation
  • Lead-Based Paint Removal
  • Demolition
  • Hazardous Waste Removal

If you are facing any of these issues, call Brickley Environmental today. Our friendly, courteous staff will take your call and answer your questions, so you can make the best-informed decision about what to do next. At Brickley Environmental, we are here to help you.