Summer is here: heat advisory issued

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Heat Advisory in effect through 9 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Temperatures are expected to soar above 90 degrees this weekend. Because this is the first real summer-like heat in our region this year, residents should use extra caution especially during outdoor activities like Sunday’s Seattle Pride Parade.

To help protect you and your family, King County agencies are pleased to offer the following information.

Hot Weather Safety

  • Heart problems, stroke, and kidney failure are the most common health problems on hot days.
    • Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors twice a day. Children under 5 and adults over 65 are especially vulnerable to health risks due to heat.
    • People who work or play sports outside should take extra precautions to stay cool, drink water, and take breaks from the heat.
    • Some health conditions and medications make people more sensitive to heat. Check with your doctor about whether you are at greater risk.
  • Stay cool by spending time in air-conditioned buildings, and avoid direct sun. If you don’t have air conditioning at home, try visiting malls, movie theaters, restaurants, or libraries.
  • 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 partially open. The temperature in a vehicle can climb much higher than outside. 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: heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale, and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; vomiting.
    • Signs of heat stroke: high body temperature (103° F or higher); hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; possible unconsciousness.
  • Use sunscreen. Sunburns can be very painful, and increase your risk for skin cancer.

Additional safety tips are available from Public Health-Seattle & King County at www.kingcounty.gov/BeatTheHeat.

Pet Safety

King County animal control officers will respond to calls about animals in distress due to the heat. Call 9-1-1 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. More information from Regional Animal Services.

Drowning Prevention

King County rivers are extremely cold, fast moving, and dangerous. If you go in rivers, lakes, or swimming pools without lifeguards, wearing a life jacket is always recommended.

  • Many beaches in King County cities will have lifeguards on duty starting this weekend. Find one close to you.

Avoid drinking alcohol or using substances when swimming, boating, or doing other water-oriented activities. Additional water safety information.

Wildfire Safety

While there are no burn bans currently in effect for King County, the hot, dry weather creates the potential for wildfires.

  • Avoid outdoor burning of any kind. Ensure campfires – even if permitted – are out and cold before leaving them. Check with authorities like the U.S. Forest Service or Washington State Department of Natural Resources to learn if fires are permitted in your area.
  • Keep burning materials in your vehicle. Use your ashtray.
  • Do not use fireworks.

You can also take action around your home or business by creating defensible space. Visit www.firewise.org for easy steps you can take now. These steps include moving firewood away from your home, trimming tree limbs up off the ground to above your head, and cleaning roofs and gutters of debris.