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Prevent heat-related illness by staying cool, hydrated and informed

The North Central Public Health District is reminding area residents to stay cool, hydrated and informed this summer.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than all other weather related events in this country, and heat-related illness can affect anyone at any age. If you are over 65 years of age, you have existing medical problems like heart disease, you work outdoors, or you care for children under the age of four, you should pay special attention.

Fortunately, heat-related illness is preventable; here are some helpful tips:

Stay Cool

• Find air-conditioned shelter

• Avoid direct sunlight

• Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing

• Take cool showers or baths

• Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device

Stay Hydrated

• Drink more water than usual

• Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids

• Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar

• Remind others to drink enough water

Stay Informed

• Check the local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips

• Learn the signs and symptoms of heat illness

Always remember that you should never leave children or pets alone in a vehicle.

To learn more about preventing heat-related illness, as well as the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion, please see the attached First Aid for Heat Illness Fact Sheet and visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregon Health Authority

National Weather Service (enter your city & state to get a weather forecast)

NOAA (Watches, Warnings or Advisories for Oregon)


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