Some people are at higher risk for serious health problems like heart attacks, stroke and kidney failure on hot days. People in these groups include:
- Older adults
- Young children
- People with chronic health conditions or mental illness
- Athletes who exercise outdoors
- Outdoor workers
- People living unsheltered or homeless
They should take extra precautions to stay cool, drink water, and take breaks from the heat. In addition, certain health conditions and medications make people more sensitive to heat. Check with your doctor about whether you are at greater risk.
- Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors.
- If you’re outdoors, take breaks in the shade or in air-conditioned buildings. Avoid direct exposure to the sun.
- Avoid exercising or strenuous activity in the afternoon, when the heat is most intense.
- 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! 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
- Cold, pale, and clammy skin
- Weak pulse
Signs of heat stroke:
- High body temperature (103° F or higher)
- Hot, dry skin
- Rapid and strong pulse
- Possible unconsciousness
Find more information about how to beat the heat from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Fire safety burn ban
Reminder: There’s a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated King County due to dry, warm weather. Fire danger is especially high this week.
Be extra careful with recreational fires and only burn in approved devices and locations.
More information from the King County Fire Marshal.