Posted in Safety, Summer   July 27, 2020

Keep your cool with these hot weather safety tips

Before heading outside, remember the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Severe heat could post serious health risks and even death. With weather hitting the triple digits in the Tri-Cities, follow these precautions to reduce risks.

If you're outside:
  • Use sunscreen or wear protective clothing. Sunburns slow your skins ability to cool itself.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes, it can cause hypothermia. Taking a cold shower after being in extreme heat can be damaging to young and elderly individuals in particular.
  • Take breaks when working outdoors.
  • Plan outdoor activities early in the morning or later in the day when temperatures are cooler.
  • 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.
If there's a power outage:
  • Stay on the lowest floor of your home and stay out of the sunshine.
  • Keep a few bottles of water in the freezer so you can place them in the refrigerator if the power goes out.
  • Know the recommendations for your refrigerated medication if there's an outage. 
General tips to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
  • Drink plenty of water and have water readily accessible at all times.
  • Make sure your pets always have water.
  • Avoid sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages.
  • Stay indoors.
  • Never leave pets, or people in a parked vehicle.
  • Dress yourself and your family appropriately for the weather.
  • If you take prescription diuretics, antihistamines, mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs, check with a doctor about the effects of sun and heat exposure.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering a house by as much as 80 percent.
Check out more tips to keep your home cool at

You can find more heat safety information on the Washington State's Department of Health website.