Ten tips to staying cool when it’s (whew!) too hot outside

August 13, 2012

With temperatures expected to hit the mid-90s this week, Multnomah County wants to remind you how to stay safe and cool.

Never wait in a parked car. The National Weather Service reports temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high -- even with the windows open. Children, older people and pets are especially vulnerable in parked vehicles.

Slow down. Cut back or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.

Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.

Dress for the weather. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy, heart or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.

Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library, shopping mall or other cooled space.

Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.

Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions. Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.

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Call for more information. The Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services Helpline has resources for older adults and people with disabilities, including a list of senior centers, transportation services and 24-hour crisis intervention. Call 503-988-3646 or TTY at 503-988-3683.