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FIRST HEAT WAVE OF THE SEASON EXPECTED THIS WEEK TRACY TRANSIT STATION AVAILABLE AS COOLING ZONE FOR PUBLIC, FREE BUS RIDES OFFERED

Posted: May 26, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 Early this morning, the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning through Thursday of this week, with triple-digit temperatures forecasted for the Tracy area.  The City of Tracy is encouraging its residents to stay cool by visiting the Tracy Transit Station, which has been designated as a local Cooling Zone. Cooling Zones provide relief for individuals who need to escape the summer heat, or avoid heat-related illness.  For seniors and others vulnerable to heat-related problems, a Cooling Zone can be a lifesaver.

 

The hours of operation for Tracy’s designated Transit Station Cooling Zone are:

Tracy Transit Center – located at 50 E. 6th Street.

Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

TRACER, the City’s public transportation system, has routes to most public facilities throughout the City and the West Valley Mall.  TRACER offers free rides on fixed routes on days temperatures are forecast to be 100 degrees and above. For fixed route information and schedules, residents can call (209) 831-4BUS or visit www.ridetracer.com.

 

Please help keep our community safe and healthy by practicing social distancing - ensuring that those who are not members of the same household stay at least six feet away from others in the Transit Station and on the buses.  Continue to practice healthy habits by avoiding touching your face and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash and washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.  Face coverings are also highly recommended to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.  For more information and local resources about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit: www.sjready.org.   

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), muscle cramping might be the first sign of heat-related illness, and may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here is how you can recognize heat exhaustion or heat stroke, and what you should do:

 

Heat Exhaustion: What you should do:

Heavy sweating Move to cooler location.

Weakness Lie down and loosen your clothing.

Fast, weak pulse Apply cool, wet cloths on your body.

Nausea or vomiting Sip water.

Fainting Lay flat, elevate legs. If you have vomited and it continues, call 9-1-1.

Heat Stroke: What you should do:

Body temperature above 103F Call 9-1-1, this is a medical emergency.

Hot, red, dry or moist skin Move to a cooler environment.

Rapid and strong pulse Apply cool, wet cloths on your body.

Possible unconsciousness Do not consume fluids, call 9-1-1.

 

To prevent heat-related illness, follow the safety guidelines below provided by the California Office of Emergency Services:

 

· Children up to the age of four, people taking certain medications, persons with disabilities, and seniors age 65 and over are particularly less able to cope with hotter weather and should be monitored throughout the day for signs of heat-related illness.

 

· Drink more fluids - especially water. Your body needs water for many crucial functions and dehydration can lead to serious health effects.

 

· Wear lightweight and comfortable clothing if you’re planning to be outdoors. Avoid the hottest parts of the day by scheduling activities during cooler hours (generally mornings and evenings). Also be sure to wear a hat and use sunscreen because sunburn affects the body’s ability to cool itself.

 

· Do not over exert yourself. Stay cool indoors by turning on an air conditioner or evaporative cooling system. If you do not have access to an air-conditioned space at home, please visit a local shopping mall, senior center, public library, community center, or other facility that is open to the public.

 

· Do not rely only on electric fans during a heat wave. When the temperature is in the 90s or above, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is a better way to beat the heat and keep body temperatures at safer levels.

 

· Use common sense. Avoid hot meals and heavy, spicy foods when the weather gets hot. Eat smaller meals more often.

 

· Never leave infants, children, or pets unattended in your vehicle, not even for a moment.

 

· If you, or someone you know, may be at risk for heat-related illness, talk to a doctor or pharmacist.

 

· Call 9-1-1 in the event of a true health emergency.

 

For more information, please visit www.cdph.ca.gov for comprehensive guidelines about staying healthy in hot weather or call the South San Joaquin Fire Authority (Tracy Fire Department) at (209) 831-6700.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE CITY OF TRACY

Tracy is centered in a triangle formed by major interstates I-205 to the North, I-580 to the west and I-5 to the east. A collaboration of effort from our elected officials, employees and citizens means Tracy is a clean and safe community where opportunity, growth, and success prosper. We invite you to come for a visit, open your business, and settle down to raise a family in Tracy. Take a look “Inside the Triangle.” You’ll like our pace, and you’ll love the place!

 

CONTACT

Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

(209) 831.6102

Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

 

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