CONTACT: Michelle Vigil
Office: (210) 207-8172
SAN ANTONIO (June 8, 2020) — The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is alerting the community of an Ozone Action Day for today, June 8th and high temperatures just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for today and tomorrow.
San Antonio continues to be at a Level III heat advisory. This is when the heat index is expected to reach between 90 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or the temperature reaches 100 degrees or higher for two consecutive days. Atmospheric conditions are also expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the San Antonio area.
“With the heat and humidity forecast for today and tomorrow, it is important for the community to keep in mind that excessive heat can pose a health threat. Those with respiratory issues can also be impacted by our air quality,” says Dr. Dawn Emerick, Metro Health Director. “Adults over 65, children under 4, and people with existing problems such as heart disease, and those without access to air conditioning are at highest risk.”
Warning signs of heat stroke include: red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.
Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately. If regarding a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.
Atmospheric conditions are also expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution in the San Antonio area today. On Ozone Action Days, young children, the elderly, and those with respiratory problems, such as asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis, are especially vulnerable to the effects of air pollution and should limit outdoor activities. If you have asthma or difficulty breathing, please stay indoors. With COVID-19 in our community, it is critical for San Antonio residents with respiratory health conditions to stay home and limit trips outside their home to those that are absolutely essential.
To help keep air quality levels healthy, residents and business are encouraged to practice certain pollution-reducing activities such as:
- Refueling cars and trucks after 6:00 p.m.
- Working from home (if possible), walking or riding a bicycle, taking your lunch to work, and avoiding drive-thru lanes
- Conserving energy, and keeping your vehicle properly tuned
- Call 211 for heat related resources.
Community members can contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices. Click here to access a summary of the heat plan.