From the Office of Gov. Jay Inslee:
Washingtonians have experienced new record high temperatures in recent years, spurring new urgency helping people keep cool.
The Department of Commerce’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program last year started offering assistance to low-income households who want to purchase air-conditioners or need help paying utility bills for cooling appliances. The program, which was originally designed to help people keep their homes warm, has now helped more than 1,000 residents purchase A/C units. Watch here to learn more about Commerce’s efforts to help more people stay cool, or read more here.
The Department of Health is also promoting tips for staying cool:
- Stay indoors and in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible unless you’re sure your body has a high tolerance for heat
- Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar
- Eat more frequently but make sure meals are balanced and light
- Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle
From the National Weather Service:
Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
For sheltering information and other human services in your area, dial 2 1 1 during business hours or visit wa211.org anytime.