Hot Weather Help
Heat exposure is a serious matter and can even kill you. It caused 7,233 heat-related deaths in the United States from 1999 to 2009. Most of these were entirely preventable.
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.
Places to keep cool:
Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District is offering many of their facilities as cooling centers for the week of July 27. View their schedule.
Boys And Girls Aid Safe Place is open to youth ages 12-19 years old. Open daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Located at 454 SE Washington Street, Hillsboro. TriMet Bus #57 and Hillsboro Central MAX stop.
Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center (953 SE Maple in Hillsboro, bus stop #57) is open M-F 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. –5 p.m.
If your home does not have A/C, 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 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, play in a sprinkler, etc.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device when it is very hot. All you are doing is blowing hot air on yourself. 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.
- Never leave children or pets in cars.