Our View: Be cautious, alert during valley heat wave

July 2, 2013 

Relief from this exhausting, debilitating heat is still several days away, and we urge residents to do two things: Take care of themselves and reach out to others who may not be able to take care of themselves.

Stanislaus County Public Health Officer Dr. John Walker provided county supervisors with a report on this "extreme heat event" and noted that one of the symptoms of heat-related illness is a difficulty concentrating. In other words, people feeling the effects of heat may not know that they are.

So far, as of late Tuesday afternoon, there have no been local deaths associated with the heat. Unfortunately, the heat is expected to continue through at least what is, for many, a long Fourth of July holiday weekend. People may need to curtail some of their plans simply to be safe. We always urge people to use only the "safe and sane" fireworks. We also encourage them to be safe and sane in their choice of outdoor activities.

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