As temperatures are predicted to rise in the next several days, take the precautions to keep yourself and others safe.
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.
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
Cold water can quickly weaken even the strongest swimmer. Always, always wear a life jacket when recreating on the water!
Learn more about how to stay safe in hot weather via Public Health - Seattle & King County.