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Posted on: July 1, 2013

[ARCHIVED] - Beat the Heat: Stay Safe as Temperatures Rise -

As temperatures rise, so does the risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

To find relief from high temperatures, you can visit:

• Air-conditioned movie theaters, public libraries or shopping malls.
• The Issaquah Community Center lobby, which is open from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays. While the center is not air conditioned, it is typically cooler than the outdoors.

To check the latest weather forecast, visit the National Weather service website.

The following are some tips from the Washington State Department of Health:

• 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.

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. • Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water. Find deals on affordable lifejackets online. If you want to swim, choose a safer location – visit a local pool or lifeguarded beach instead.

For more information, visit Public Health - Seattle & King County's website.

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