Hot Weather Help
Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under four, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.
The CDC has a great deal of excellent information on their website, including signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, posters, fact sheets and other resources.
If your home does not have air conditioning, consider visiting a public library or indoor shopping mall. You could also go to the movies if it's something you enjoy and can afford. Older adults are especially vulnerable to heat and can visit local senior centers.
To stay safe and healthy during extremely hot weather:
- Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water is best), even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
- Exercise in the early morning when it tends to be cooler.
- Avoid strenuous activity in the heat of the day.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Close your blinds and curtains to keep sunlight out.
- If the temperature falls at night (as it tends to do in Oregon), be sure to open your windows (if it is safe to do so) to let the cool air in.
- Find a local fountain or splash pad, play in a sprinkler, etc.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot. Instead, mist yourself with a spray bottle, and then use the fan to get the cooling benefits of evaporation.
- Do not use your stove/oven or do laundry on very hot days.
- Eat small, light meals.
- Never leave children or pets in cars.