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Hot Weather Tips for Staying Cool and Safe


The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for much of Western Washington starting Friday, June 25 to run through Monday, June 28 at 9 p.m.  Daytime temperatures are predicted to be in the 90s Friday/Saturday and peak above 100 degrees on Sunday/Monday, with nighttime temps in the 60-70s. Very high outside temperatures increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, especially for the elderly, those working or participating in outdoor activities, and those without air conditioning.


Tips for Managing Excessive Heat

  • Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in yourself and others. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 911 immediately if you know someone who experiences symptoms. 
  • Never leave children, people with mobility challenges, or pets in a parked vehicle, under any circumstances, even with the windows down. Call 911 immediately if you see unattended children in parked cars. 
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Seek air conditioned places. Consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places – see Cooling Centers in King County.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Limit time in direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Keep windows close to keep hot air outside.
  • Rivers and lakes are still cold, even though it’s hot outside. That can sap even strong swimmers’ strength in a matter of minutes. Wear a personal flotation device and avoid alcohol. Learn more about water safety and drowning prevention.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions, too.

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Posted June 25, 2021