Take care in the extreme heat

Person in a postiion that looks like they're standing between the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

According to the National Weather Service, many parts of Oregon are expected to reach record-breaking temperatures over the weekend, including up to 104 in eastern Oregon. 

Dr. Richard Leman, a public health physician at OHA, said, “It’s critical that people do what they can to avoid the heat as temperatures get to the level where they can cause serious health problems. Temperatures that get above 100 are nothing to take casually. These conditions can be extremely dangerous if we don’t take care of ourselves.”

Here are tips to take care of yourself during extreme heat:

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible. If you’re outside, find some shade.
  • Avoid strenuous activity when it’s hot. This could lead to heat stroke.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.
  • Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car. They can suffer from heat-related illness.

Stay hydrated

  • Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.

Stay informed

  • Keep up to date on the temperature and heat index when planning your activities so you can find ways to stay cool and hydrated.
  • Know the warning signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn and heat rash, and how to treat and prevent them.
  • Closely monitor anyone with a chronic medical condition, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or kidney disease. They may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.

For more information, visit:

Preventing Heat-related Illnesses (OHA): https://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx

Extreme Heat (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Heat-related Illness (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

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