Keep cool and stay hot weather savvy

The heat is here and Portland is in for record breaking temperatures. As a region that is accustomed to rain, we may have trouble adjusting to triple digits. Here’s a few quick reminders on keeping cool through this sweltering week:

Water, water, water. Hydration is the obvious, most important key to staying healthy through a heat wave. Make sure to limit or completely avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee and alcohol.
– Avoid strenuous exercise and yard work, especially during the later hours of the day when the temperature is highest.
– Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing to keep from absorbing the sun’s heat.
– The mall, movie theater, library or coffee shops are great respite from the heat if your home does not have air conditioning.
Heat exhaustion can happen quick and lead to life-threatening heat stroke. Make sure to be aware of the signs before more dangerous symptoms occur. Heavy sweating, flushed skin, headache, nausea, dizziness and muscle weakness can all be signals that must be addressed urgently.
Kids and dogs are another vulnerable victim of heat related illness and fatality- never risk it, only a few minutes in a hot car can be damaging. 

Stay smart and stay safe. It won’t be long before then rain is back, so grab a popsicle and run through the sprinklers while you still can!