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Public Urged to Take Caution during Heat
Due to forecast excessive heat, Shasta County Public Health officials are urging the public to act now to prevent heat-related illness. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness and symptoms can include: altered mental state; red, hot and dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache and unconsciousness. Without immediate treatment and cooling, people with heat stroke can die. Heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, weakness, nausea and can turn into heat stroke if the person is not cooled down soon. Excessive heat may also cause fainting or heat cramps. During this stretch of extreme heat, be sure to:
- Get plenty to drink -- Drink more water and avoid caffeinated drinks, alcohol, and sugary drinks (which are dehydrating).
- Stay cool indoors -- In an air conditioned area, if possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public place such as indoor shopping malls and county libraries. More locations can be found at www.shastahhsa.net. A cool shower or bath is also a good way to cool off. Swamp coolers and fans may not sufficiently prevent heat illness during extreme heat.
- Wear light clothing and sunscreen -- Choose lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat will keep your head cool. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and reapply every two hours while in the sun (all skin types).
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully -- Try to be less active during midday and late afternoon, the hottest part of the day. Rest often in a shady area. Never leave kids or pets in a parked car.
- Pace yourself -- Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks in a cool or shaded place. If your heart pounds, you become out of breath, lightheaded, confused, weak or feel faint, stop your activity, drink water or juice, and rest in a cool or shady area.
- Use a buddy system -- Check in with your friends and family and have someone do the same for you. Check on older adults and people with health conditions twice a day during a heat wave.
- Good News Rescue Mission (3100 S. Market St.) -- Seven days a week, 7am-7pm
- Mt. Shasta Mall (900 Dana Dr.) -- Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm
- Redding Library (1100 Parkview Ave.) -- Mon-Thu 10am-8pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 1-5pm; closed major holidays
- Anderson Library (3200 West Center St.) -- Tue-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm; closed major holidays
- Frontier Senior Center (2081 Frontier Trail) -- Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm; available for seniors only
- Cottonwood Community Library (3427 Main St.) -- Mon, Tue 11am-5pm, Wed 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-2pm
- John Beaudet Senior Community Center (1525 Median Ave.) -- Mon-Fri 9am-1pm
Smart Parents, Safe Kids Tool Kit
Every year, more than 2,200 children die from injuries that happen at home. And for every death there are many more children who are seriously injured. Smart Parents Safe Kids is a home safety education program designed to expand the capacity of FRCs and other family strengthening agencies to deliver child injury prevention and home safety education to the parents/caregivers in their service areas. The curriculum and tools provided in the program will help FRCs raise awareness of home injury risks and increase parent/caregiver capacity to keep their children safe.
- Over the next year, Safe Kids California will conduct 10 free webinars (approximately 60-75 minutes long) in a train-the-trainer format. Each webinar will be recorded and available online. Register for the first 3 webinars:
- Additional resources, including training power points and tip sheets, are available on the Safe Parents Safe Kids Toolkit on Safe Kids California's website.
Bereavement Support Group for Spouses
Mercy Hospice is offering a bereavement support group specifically addressing spousal loss. This is an afternoon group meeting every Tuesday at the Hospice Office (1544 Market Street, Redding) from 2:30-4pm. Please note that this is a closed group, repeating every four weeks.
- For more information or to register, call Emily at 530-245-4070
Eat Well with WIC!
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding a baby (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
- Just had a baby in the past six months
- Have children up to five years of age, including those cared for by a single father, grandparent, foster parent, step-parent, or guardian
- Have a family income within WIC guidelines (a family of two can earn up to $2,426 per month before taxes, a family of three up to $3,051)
Mental Health Services Act Volunteer Program
The MHSA Volunteer Program provides an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental illness, and family members of people with lived experience, to enrich their lives and the lives of others by serving as a living example of wellness, resiliency, and recovery. Participation in the MHSA Volunteer Program is designed to provide knowledge of the public mental health system and to help build employment skills. MHSA Volunteers will also have access to hands-on training programs that provide the skills and education necessary to meet the qualifications listed for entry-level county public mental health employment. Participants may choose to volunteer occasionally at community events and/or on a more regular basis.
- For more information or to request an application, please call Shasta County Mental Health Services Act at 530-225-3678 or email email@example.com
- View on the web at www.shastahhsa.net under "Get Involved"
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