Hot Weather Help
Public spaces for cooling off are limited this summer due to the pandemic. If you choose to go to an indoor mall, remember that face coverings are required. It's also important to keep your distance from others as much as possible.
- Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
- 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, open your windows to let the cool air in (if it is safe to do so).
- Get a baby pool or play in a sprinkler.
- Use fans but 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. Disability, Aging and Veteran Services can provide free electric fans to individuals ages 60 and up in Washington County. Call 503-846-3060.
- Do not use your stove/oven or do laundry on very hot days.
- Eat small, light meals.
- Never leave children or pets in cars.
- If you choose to swim or recreate in a local river or lake, be sure to wear a personal flotation device and take other safety precautions. More info on Red Cross page.
Please safely check in with your family, friends and neighbors, especially older adults and people with chronic medical problems because they are more vulnerable to heat-related illness.
The CDC has helpful information on their website, including signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, posters, fact sheets and other resources.