Cold Advisory for Idyllwild
CREATED Mar. 15, 2012
IDYLLWILD - A cold advisory has been issued for Sunday March 18 and will be in effect through March 19 for Idyllwild and surrounding areas in Riverside County, according to health officials. Daytime temperatures are expected to be below 40 degrees. This is the first cold advisory of the year.
Vulnerable individuals, such as children and the elderly, are encouraged to visit a warm center during extended periods of extreme cold weather. Warm centers provide snacks and water, in addition to activities and resource information. Warm centers are open during the week.
Recommendations for avoiding cold related emergencies are the following:
· Drink warm fluids
· Keep your home warm-turn on your heater
· Wear several thin layers of clothing
· Move family pets indoors out of the elements
· Never use outdoor equipment, such as barbecues, indoors because the exhaust can pose a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard
· Know the location of the nearest Warm Center, should your home heating system fail
People with the following symptoms should try to remain in a warm place to prevent hypothermia:
· Exhaustion and shivering
· Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness or waxy skin, which are symptoms of frostbite
Cold warnings are issued by the Department of Public Health when daytime temperatures below 40 degrees are forecast for three or more hours.
For more information or for a list of warm center locations, call (888) 636-8676 or visit www.rivcohealthdata.org. Speech or hearing impaired individuals may call TTY (951) 955-5126. For a list of cold-weather information and health recommendations, visit www.capriverside.org.
The cold advisories and warm centers are services offered by the Community Action Partnership of Riverside County, Riverside County Department of Public Health, Riverside County Fire Department, Community Connect- formerly the Volunteer Center of Riverside County and the American Red Cross.