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Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Stroke

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Pasadena and much of Southern California experienced a Heat Advisory this weekend and summer is far from over! In my first post, I want to focus on awareness for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke and determining their symptoms.

First of all, it is very important to know the difference between Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Both can lead to serious illness, or even death, and the information below will help you recognize the symptoms.

HEAT EXHAUSTION:

Pasadena weather forecastWhen the body is exposed to extreme heat temperatures (often combined with physical exertion), the body may become severely overheated and dehydrated. Because of the loss of body fluids, body temperature will rise. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Cooling the body is the main way to treat heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of fluids (non-alcoholic), that are low in sodium and caffeine. Remove any heavy or unnecessary clothing. Cool the skin with cool water from the shower or sponge baths. Avoid using quick/extreme cooling methods like ice, air conditioners or fans. If body temperature hasn’t reduced in 20-30 min please seek medical help or call 911 immediately!

HEAT STROKE:

Heat Stroke, or Sun Stroke, is bit more serious than Heat Exhaustion. The body becomes overheated to extreme temperatures, and the body no longer has the ability to cool itself. The section of the brain that controls body temperature has become damaged. Body temperatures have usually risen to 105° F or more and there is damage to internal organs. Symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Hot, flushed, dry skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased urination
  • Blood in urine or stool
  • Increased body temperature (104° F to 106° F)
  • Confusion, delirium, or loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions

Heat Stroke may happen suddenly, without any warning, and Heat Exhaustion may not happen first. If anyone shows symptoms of Heat Stroke call 911 IMMEDIATELY!!!!

It is important to take preventative measures when there are higher heat indexes, even if you are not directly exposed to the sun. Being indoors with fans or air conditioning does not protect from dehydration! Please take all precautions to keep yourself hydrated with water. Low sodium sports drinks are okay as well. Avoid overexertion and maintain regular, healthy meals. More great information is available from the CDC.

Lower Arroyo Archery Range Re-Opens Saturday, May 16, 2020

According to this page on the city’s website: https://www.cityofpasadena.net/parks-and-rec/featured-news/recreation-amenity-guidance-covid-19/, the range is officially open today, Saturday May 16, 2020.

You must adhere to these restrictions and safety guidelines:

Archery Range and Casting Pond (opening Saturday, May 16)

  • Face coverings will be required at all times.
  • Physical distancing of 6 feet is required all times.
  • Facility operator shall place delineators at sport stations to create a 6-foot distance between participants.
  • Private lessons will be allowed while practicing physical distancing. There shall be no group lessons involving more than 2 people.

Trails

  • Practice physical distancing and provide at least six feet of space at all times.
  • Face coverings should be worn to protect others – even when exercising – as long as your airflow is not restricted.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Gather with members of the same household only.
  • Do not visit public trails and trailheads if feeling sick and/or exhibiting any symptoms of illness.
  • Follow all posted regulations on trails and at trailheads.
  • Communicate with others as you pass. Alert one another when passing by and allow room to safely pass.
  • Bring water, hand sanitizer, and/or disinfecting wipes to wash or sanitize hands frequently.
  • Users must take their trash with them to protect other trail users, wildlife, and staff.

If you have questions, or if you observe a violation, you can request information or submit a complaint through the Citizen Service Center. Call 626-744-7311 or visit https://www.cityofpasadena.net/CSC.

Thank you and stay safe!

Lower Arroyo Archery Range To Re-Open Soon for Private Use

The City of Pasadena’s Public Health Department has issued revised orders today, May 14, 2020, that allow for the re-opening of various recreational facilities, including archery ranges. The full order is available HERE.

We have received notice from the Parks and Recreation Department that they are in the process of preparing for the re-opening of the range, which should happen soon. We will update our website as soon as we receive word.

At this time, PRA does not have plans or a timeline to resume classes or tournaments, but you may soon be able to enjoy the range on your own.

Thank you and stay safe,

Your PRA Board