Practice Heat Safety: Tips and Resources

With forecasted temperatures expected to reach highs in the 90's, health officials encourage heat safety practices.

  • If working outdoors, stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade as often as possible.
  • Check on the elderly, sick and those without air conditioning.
  • Never leave kids or pets unattended in vehicles.
  • Limit strenuous outdoor activities between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., find shade, and stay hydrated.

The forecast for significantly higher daytime temperatures means an increase in thermal inertia and less opportunity for overnight recovery cooling for higher risk individuals, including elderly, infants and those with pre-existing health conditions that affect thermo regulation who are living in older and/or poorly insulated/ventilated dwellings.

Know the signs of heat stroke vs heat exhaustion

Heat exhaustion

  • Faint or dizzy
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cool, pale, clammy skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Muscle cramps

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, get to a cooler, air conditioned place. Drink water and take a cool shower or use cold compresses.

Heat stroke

  • Throbbing headache
  • No sweating
  • Body temperature above 103 degrees
  • Red, hot, dry skin
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid, strong pulse
  • May lose consciousness

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, call 911 and take immediate action to cool off until help arrives.

More information

For more heat safety information, visit weather.gov/heat. Stay updated with the latest forecast at weather.gov/Portland or follow @NWSPortland on Facebook and Twitter.