Another warm week ahead
The Department of Health is 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.