The hotter than normal weather we’re experiencing this week can take a toll on our mental and physical health so it’s important to take care of ourselves, our loved ones, and our furry friends.
With the National Weather Service’s Heat Advisory for our area now extended until Thursday, Aug. 17 at 11 p.m., here are some tips from Public Health – Seattle & King County to help you manage the heat:
- Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors.
- Stay cool.
- Spend time in air-conditioned buildings (such as malls, movie theaters, or libraries) if you can and avoid direct contact with the sun.
- Some cities in King County may offer cooling centers for those who need them.
- Reduce physical activity and move to shaded areas.
- Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning or evening hours.
- Cool your body down quickly by wearing a wet scarf, bandana, or shirt.
- Stay hydrated.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more.
- Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol. They can be dehydrating.
- Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. It only takes a few minutes for severe medical problems and even death to occur.
- Watch for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical care immediately if you know someone who experiences symptoms.
Get more tips and advice on these sites:
Public Health – Seattle & King County: Hot weather preparedness
King County Emergency News: It’s a summer heat wave in the NW – what you should know | King County Emergency News (kcemergency.com)
King County Regional Homelessness Authority: Severe Weather Response – KCRHA
King County Water and Land Services: Lake Swimming Beach Bacteria and Temperature
King County Metro: Staying cool and safe on Metro during the heat