People, pets should take steps to keep cool during heat wave

July 25, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. July 25, 2009

As the mercury pushes past 90 during the next few days, health and safety officials urged residents to keep cool. Heat can be especially tough on children, senior citizens and people with chronic illnesses.

“The danger for heat-related illnesses rises when outside temperatures are very high,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a news release. “Fortunately, all of us can prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke with some simple steps.”

Health officials offered recommendations to stay cool:

  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Spend time in air-conditioned buildings. If your home lacks air conditioning, beat the heat at a mall or movie theater.
  • Drink plenty of water or nonalcoholic beverages, and avoid waiting until you feel thirsty to drink.
  • Limit your direct exposure to sunlight if you go outside.
  • Never leave infants or children in a parked car, even if the windows are open.
  • Limit outdoor activities to mornings and evenings, when temperatures are less brutal.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Check on elderly neighbors and relatives.

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