Tips to stay cool and safe in extreme heat

June 30, 2014

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With the National Weather Service forecasting temperatures as high as 98 degrees for the Portland metro area on July 1, here are some simples steps you and your family can take to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Drink more water than usual. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
  • Buddy up! Check on a friend and have them do the same for you.
  • Schedule tasks for earlier or later in the day to avoid midday heat.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Wearing and reapplying sunscreen as indicated on the package can help protect you. Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Use air conditioning if you have it in your home or visit a splash pad in your area. Visit the City of Portland’s Parks & Recreation webpage for splash pad locations.  
  • If you have to use a fan, don't set it up to blow directly on you. Instead you should use it to create cross ventilation in your home.
  • Spray or sponge yourself with cool water.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Try not to use your stove and oven.
  • Keep the sun out of your home by closing your curtains or window shades.
  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Identifying heat-related illness may be difficult. You may need medical attention but not know it, so reach out to your neighbor or friend for help. If symptoms are recognized, seek medical attention immediately.