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      Sweltering Heat In Valley; How To Stay Safe

      © / Wolfgang Amri

      The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch effective this week from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening for the San Joaquin Valley.

      Valley residents can expect to see temperatures above 105 degrees.

      The Fresno County Department of Public Health offers these safety tips:

      -- Check twice a day on family members, friends, neighbors, and others. Call or visit to make sure that they are comfortable and able to manage. Don't wait for them to call for help.

      -- Stay indoors and minimize physical activity.

      -- Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, soda and tea.

      -- If your home is too hot, go to a friend's house or to a cooling center.

      -- Signs of heat stress may include headache, heavy sweating, impaired judgment and rapid pulse.

      -- If you feel ill due to the heat, seek immediate medical care or call 9-1-1.

      -- Pets also need protection from the heat. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water and shade.

      -- Never leave a child or pet in a parked car.

      For more information, visit the Fresno County Department of Public Health website by clicking here.