What you need to know to prepare for the heat wave

Taking care of yourself, your pet, and your wallet

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - With the sun bearing down, heating the valley to well over 100 degrees, it is important to be smart.

So we got local experts to tell us how to beat the heat.

Dr. Katherine Thomas from Memorial Hospital says while heat stroke is rare, the risk is high for the elderly and those who work under the sun.

Dr. Thomas laid out heat exhaustion symptoms.

"Feeling more dizzy than usual, tired, fatigue, maybe some mile confusion or just not looking like themselves, maybe a little bit paler than usual-that could be signs they're dehydrated," explained Thomas.

The best way to prevent heat affecting your health?

"Stay hydrated, but the biggest thing is stay inside, it really is the best thing. Don't over exert yourself. And seek help early if you are at all concerned. See your primary care doctor, go to an urgent care center before it gets too late," Thomas continued.  

Julie Johnson with the Bakersfield SPCA reminds our pets must be cared for properly in excessive heat.

"Do not take your pets for walks in this heat. Make sure you're doing it very very early morning or late late at night...the pavement is hot and if you're unsure take your shoe off, put your foot on the pavement, and if it burns your foot it's burning your pets pads," explained Johnson.

One way to keep your dogs happy and cool? Coat a bone with peanut butter and stick it in the freezer to make a 'pupcicle.'

PG&E spokesperson Katie Allen says limiting your A/C use will help your wallet.

"More than or about 50 percent of your energy usage is coming from your air conditioning unit during the summer, so this is where a lot of your concentration should be," explained Allen. 

For example, try turning off your air conditioner when you're at work.

Allen says raising your thermostat just one degree from 78 degrees in these hot months can save you $85 a year.

Most know that PG&E and Kern County partner in operating cooling centers on the hottest days for at risk community members.  But you might not know you can also get transportation to these centers if you need it. 

This link will tell you all you need to know: https://www.co.kern.ca.us/pio/coolingcenters.aspx 

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