Hot Weather Safety

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning beginning Tuesday afternoon and ending Friday night. Finding ways to stay cool and hydrated is even more important during heat waves to prevent heat-related illnesses. 

People at highest risk from high heat include:

  • Older adults
  • Young children
  • People with mental illness and chronic disease
  • Athletes who exercise outdoors
  • Outdoor workers
  • People experiencing homelessness 

Stay Safe in the Heat

  •  Check on family and neighbors who may be more vulnerable to heat.
  •  Children can also have heat exhaustion because they are so active and forget to drink water.
  •   On hot days, keep children out of the direct sun during the hottest part of the day.
  •  NEVER leave babies, young children, or pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Not even for a minute! Cars can get dangerously hot in seconds!
  •  People who work outside should take frequent breaks to cool off. 

How to Cool Down 

  • Drinking water and other fluids often is important.  Don’t wait until you’re thirsty!
  • Eat foods with lots of water in them.
  • Play in fountains and sprinklers, go to the swimming pool, and stay in the shade.
  • Try to go somewhere with air conditioning on a hot day.  Consider community centers, malls, libraries or a friend’s house.

Protect you Pets

  • Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:
  • Never leave your animal unattended in direct sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open screened windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and, if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave animals unattended in a vehicle. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting. Seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws. Temperatures rise quickly leaving them trapped and unable to escape the heat.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water. If a trip requires you to leave your pet in the car at any point, think about saving that for another day. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather. Exercise is fine when taken in moderation, but extreme heat conditions, obesity, old age, breed and underlying disease can predispose an animal to the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

Staying Cool – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Preparing yourself for hot weather from Seattle-King County Public Health