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How To Stay Safe And Avoid Heat-Related Illnesses As Temperatures Rise

Ezra David Romero
Valley Public Radio
Kids play at a summer camp on the San Joaquin River in 2014.

Wherever you are in the Valley, you’ve likely been enjoying the reprieve from the heat wave that left us all sweaty and guzzling water earlier this month. Beginning Saturday, unfortunately, most of us are in for another round of triple-digit days, this one even longer.

Credit Dr. Rene Ramirez
Dr. Rene Ramirez is an emergency physician at Community Medical Centers, a faculty member at UCSF Fresno, and the Public Health Officer of Calaveras County.

So how can we stay safe in such oppressive heat? In this interview, FM89’s Kerry Klein learned how to prevent and keep an eye out for heat-related illnesses from Dr. Rene Ramirez, an emergency physician at Community Medical Centers and faculty member at UCSF Fresno, as well as the Public Health Officer of Calaveras County.


Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.