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Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

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Coping with hot weather

On occasion, the Pacific Northwest will endure bouts of extremely hot summer weather. Unless prepared, the health of many residents - especially the ailing, elderly or very young populations - could suffer during these heat spells. Staying cool and making simple changes in activities, fluid intake and clothing choices can help everyone remain safe.

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services (ADS) and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) are encouraging residents to follow these tips:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar - these actually cause you to lose more body fluid.  
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself if you are working or exercising.
  • Do not leave children or pets in cars.

Strenuous activities on a hot day, spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can cause heat-related illnesses.  Click here for a list of prevention measures and resources for beating the heat.