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Posted on: June 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Safety Tips: Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather

After a cool, wet spring, residents may be caught off guard by the forecast for the coming days, which is predicting the first moderate heat wave of 2022. 

Hot Weather Safety 

Take the following precautions to keep yourself and others safe: 
  • Check on heat sensitive at-risk friends, family, and neighbors. The very young and elderly are especially vulnerable to heat. 
  • Stay cool. Spend time in air-conditioned buildings and avoid direct contact with the sun.  
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more. 
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open. The temperature in a vehicle is much higher than outside and 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. Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; vomiting. Signs of heat stroke include high body temperature (103 degrees or higher); hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness. 

Pet Safety 

King County animal control officers will respond to resident calls about animals in distress due to the heat. Call 911 or 206-296-PETS (7387) if you see a pet in a hot car, or an animal that lacks access to fresh water and shade.

Cold Water Can Be Dangerous

Another side effect of the cool, wet spring has meant heavier snowpack which translates to colder rivers, lakes and other waterways, which can be deadly if unprepared. Washington waters are often cold enough to cause cold water shock, even on a hot summer day. Cold water can quickly weaken even the strongest swimmer. Always, always wear a life jacket when recreating on the water!

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