Heat Wave Emergency Circular

August 23, 2000

Los Angeles has experienced some of the hottest weather in the nation. Los Angeles Police Officers and the citizens of Los Angeles should be aware of risk factors for heat related illnesses in addition to the symptoms of people who might be experiencing a heat related illness.

Los Angeles Police and the citizens of Los Angeles should be particularly aware of individuals who are at high risk for excessive heat exposure, and make special efforts to insure these individuals are properly cared for. Everyone in Los Angeles is encouraged to check on people they know or come in contact with who are at risk for excessive heat exposure.

Heat Wave – temperatures that reach 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature;

Heat Index – an accurate measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is combined with the actual air temperature;

Heat Cramps – painful spasms usually in leg muscles and abdomen, heavy sweating;

Heat Exhaustion – heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, fainting and vomiting; and

Heat Stroke – high body temperature, hot dry skin, rapid strong pulse, and possible unconsciousness.

General Heat Wave Emergency Tips

Dress for the heat;
Drink water;
Eat small meals and eat more often;
Avoid using Salt Tablets;
Slow down, avoid strenuous activity; and
Shower; take a shower twice a day, once in the morning and once during the heat of the day.

"The information in this circular is for helping individuals recognize incidents of overexposure to heat," states Commander David J. Kalish, Department spokesperson. "If there is any doubt regarding person’s health or well being, immediate medical attention should be sought, or call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance."

There are many more strategies outlined in the LAPD’s "Heat Wave Emergency Circular." For more information, or to obtain copies of Crime Prevention Circulars, contact the Community Liaison/Crime Prevention Unit at 213-485-3134.