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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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PF&R Reminds You To Stay Safe During Hot Weather

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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