Monday, July 27, 2009

Hot Tips to Stay Cool...

City of Tacoma opens cooling centers

With record-breaking temperatures forecast this week, City of Tacoma libraries and Metro Park facilities are inviting people to drop in to cool off. These air-conditioned facilities and water based playgrounds can be valuable reprieve from the scorching heat.

Citizens are also encouraged to take advantage of cooler air in other public buildings such as movie theaters, malls and other retail stores with air conditioning. Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others and we would like to remind you of the following:

Monitor Those at High Risk

  • Infants and children up to four years of age are sensitive to the effects of high temperatures and rely on others to regulate their environments and provide adequate liquids.
  • People 65 years of age or older may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to change in temperature.
  • People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat.
  • People who overexert during work or exercise may become dehydrated and susceptible to heat sickness.
  • People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation, may be affected by extreme heat.

Do Not Leave Children or Pets in Cars

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Use Common Sense
Remember to keep cool and use common sense:

  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals—they add heat to your body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals in your body.

For additional information about extreme heat guidance visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC).