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Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures nearing 100 degrees this weekend. When the mercury rises, so do assorted risk factors that can put you or your family in danger. Dial 2-1-1 or go to www.211info.org to find out if cooling centers are open and where the nearest one is located.
PF&R asks that you take some time to make sure you stay safe when it comes to window falls, heat-related illnesses, grilling, and water play during the hot weather season.
Dehydration occurs when water intake is less than water loss and symptoms range from mild to life-threatening. The young and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration.
*Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
*Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar--these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
*Call 211 to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.
*NEVER leave people, children or pets in a parked vehicle. Even with a window cracked, pets and children can suffer heatstroke and die in a short period of time.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/571910
Window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year. Here are some tips to avoid a tragic incident:
*An open window may pose a hazard to an unsupervised child. If you need ventilation, open windows that children can't reach.
*Don't rely on insect screens to prevent a fall. Insect screens are designed to provide ventilation while keeping insects out; they will not prevent a child's fall from a window.
*Keep furniture such as beds -- or anything children can climb -- away from windows. Children may use such objects as a climbing aid.
*Consider installing window guards that have easy release mechanisms that they do not impede emergency escape and rescue.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/294594
Firing up the grill in the summer is a national pastime. But every time you play with fire, you need to be careful.
* Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
* The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
* Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
* When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/496696
Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death, yet the number of deaths by drowning could be reduced drastically if everyone would wear a personal flotation device. Our local swimming holes are often made up of water bodies fed by snow melt that makes them extremely dangerous.
Here are just a few tips to stay safe:
* Personal flotation devices should be worn at all times while on the water.
* State boating regulations require all boats to carry at least one U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device for every person on board. All children age 12 and under must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while on boats, this includes sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rafts.
* Be careful jumping out of boats without knowing what is in the water, like rocks, current and the temperature of the water.
* If swimming in a lake, pond, or river, wade into the water feet first, never jump or dive.
Find out more: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/fire/article/7030