Heat preparedness information from Public Health - Seattle & King County
When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises.
People's bodies are not able to cool themselves quickly enough, and they overheat.
In severe instances, people can suffer heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.
Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at highest risk for heat-related illness.
But even young and healthy individuals can suffer in heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather.
You can protect yourself and loved ones against very hot temperatures by following these recommendations:
Certain medications may increase sensitivity to the heat. If you are concerned about the heat and the medications you are taking, check with your doctor.
Do not take salt tablets unless your doctor tells you to.
Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water. Find deals on affordable lifejackets.
If you want to swim, choose a safer location – visit a local pool or lifeguarded beach instead.
When people's bodies can't cool themselves quickly enough it can cause heat exhaustion.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
If you see someone with signs of overheating, move the person to a cooler location, have them rest for a few minutes and then slowly drink a cool beverage. Get medical attention for them immediately if they do not feel better.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability unless treated immediately. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
If you see any of these signs, get medical help immediately.