Heat Safety Tips

Heat Safety Tips

The long, hot days of summer can bring dangerously high temperatures. Extreme heat can pose the greatest risk for people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness. Clackamas Fire encourages you to take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed.

Heat Safety Tips
Drink plenty of water
: Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Use air conditioners: Don’t rely on a fan as your primary cooling source during extreme heat. If you don’t have air conditioners and need some relief, spend time in air conditioned locations, such as malls and libraries. Check on those who don’t have air conditioners.

Cooling centers: Residents are encouraged to visit cooling centers that have been identified by Clackamas County Social Services: Safety Tips

Slow down: reduce or eliminate strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.

Minimize direct exposure to the sun: Sunburn reduces your body’s ability to dissipate heat.

Dress for summer: Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect the heat.

Eat light: Choose easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.

Heat Safety TipsParked vehicles: NEVER leave a baby, senior, or pet locked in a vehicle, even for a few minutes.

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke: Watch for signs and symptoms, and if you notice yourself or someone else suffering from signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,