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Posted on: July 30, 2015

[ARCHIVED] - Heat Advisory: Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather -

As temperatures rise, the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Puget Sound region through 9 p.m. Aug. 1, 2015.

A heat advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of potentially dangerous heat conditions. With the increase in temperature, the risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke increases as well.

To find relief from high temperatures, public health officials recommend visiting air-conditioned areas, such as shopping malls or public libraries. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Take the following precautions to keep yourself and others safe:

  • 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.
  • Avoid dressing babies in heavy clothing or wrapping them in warm blankets.
  • Check frequently on people who are elderly, ill or may need help. If you might need help, arrange to have family, friends or neighbors check in with you at least twice a day throughout warm weather periods.
  • Make sure pets have plenty of water.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.

Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. If you go outside:

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for early or late in the day when temperatures are cooler; then gradually build up tolerance for warmer conditions.
  • Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sun block and light-colored, loose-fitting clothes when outdoors.
  • At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool beverage. Seek medical attention immediately if you do not feel better.
  • Avoid sunburn: it slows the skin's ability to cool itself. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly or very young people.

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