Record-breaking heat is expected across our area this week. Hot temperatures and dry conditions mean we all need to think about personal safety and increased fire safety risks.
Older adults, young children, people with mental illness and chronic diseases face the highest risk for heat-related illness. But, even young and healthy individuals can suffer if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. Help protect yourself, loved ones, neighbors, pets and property by following these recommendations:
Stay Cool and Stay Hydrated
Dress in lightweight, light colored and loose-fitting clothing. Take a cool shower or bath, or place cool washcloths on your skin.
Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink.
Spend more time in places with air conditioning - restaurants, malls and stores can be cool areas where you can beat the heat.
Keep Your Home Cool
Take steps now to try and keep your home cool. Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.
Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Weather-strip doors and windows and add insulation to keep the heat out.
Use window reflectors such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard to reflect heat back outside.
Avoid using ovens or stoves if possible to help keep temperatures down.
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Leased and crated pets are okay. Masks are required, and people will be screened for symptoms. Food will not be provided.
If You Go Outside
Limit the time you are in direct sunlight.
Do not leave people or pets in parked cars, even with the windows open.
Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning or evening hours. Avoid getting sunburnt, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF.
If you choose to swim, know the water, know your limits and always wear a life jacket.
Follow National Weather Service Seattle for the most current weather conditions and heat advisories.
Thank you Bothell for taking safety precautions and for looking out for your vulnerable neighbors and family members.