Temperatures are on the rise and not everyone has access to a cool place. Thankfully, there are several free cooling centers that are open their doors to give people a chance to beat the heat when an area reaches a certain temperature. Additional info can be found at the Multnomah County website.
Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Take care of yourself
- Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you are thirsty. Talk to your doctor first if you are on water pills.
- Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Use air conditioning or a fan.
- Don’t use a fan to blow extremely hot air on yourself, use it create cross-ventilation.
- Wear lightweight and loose clothing.
- Avoid using your stove or oven.
Take care of those around you
- Check in on elders and vulnerable neighbors during warm weather - twice a day is best.
- Never leave a person, child or a pet in a hot car.
- Check regularly on how babies and toddlers, seniors, people taking mental health medications and people with heart disease or high blood pressure are doing. See the symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
- Share or donate a fan to those in need.
- Invite a friend to a splash pad, movie, a mall or museum.
If you must be out in the heat
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Rest often in shady areas.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat
- Use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels) and reapply as directed.
- Consider packing a couple extra bottles of water, these could be used for you and your family or anyone you see that looks like they could use a cool drink of water.
If you have a pet
- Provide plenty of shade and water.
- Never leave them in a car
- Learn more at http://www.oregonhumane.org/hot-weather-safety-for-pets-resources/