Hot Weather Information
Hot Weather Tips
- Never leave pets or children alone in a vehicles—temperatures inside can reach dangerous levels in just a few minutes. If you see a child or pet in a hot car that appears lethargic, unable to move or sick, it could be a medical emergency. Call 911 right away.
- Keep your blinds or curtains closed can reduce the amount of heat passing through your home by as much as 45 percent.
- Keep all windows and doors shut until the temperature outside begins to cool.
- Ventilate at night, by pointing the fan blades outside to suck warm air out of your home.
- Makeshift Air Conditioner, visit this link to learn how to make an at-home air conditioner unit for $8 https://youtu.be/FaC0dlRENk0
- Make a cold compress using a cotton sock filled with rice, tied with twine and frozen for two hours before bedtime. Place between your sheets to keep your bed cool.
- Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Keep an eye out for heat illness. There are three types of heat illness:
- Heat cramps: painful spasms usually in muscles of legs and abdomen. Heavy sweating. First Aid: Firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massage to relieve spasm. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.
- Heat Exhaustion:Heavy sweating, weakness, skin cold, pale and clammy. Pulse thready. Normal temperature possible. Fainting and vomiting. First Aid: Get victim out of sun. Lay down and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths. Fan or move victim to air conditioned room. Give sips of water or a sports drink. If nausea occurs, discontinue use. If vomiting continues, seek immediate medical attention.
- Heat Stroke (or sunstroke): High body temperature (106° F. or higher). Hot, dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse. Possible unconsciousness. First Aid: HEAT STROKE IS A SEVERE MEDICAL EMERGENCY. SUMMON EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OR GET THE VICTIM TO A HOSPITAL IMMEDIATELY. DELAY CAN BE FATAL.
A great place to beat the heat is at the Beaverton City Library. They have plenty of activities in a free, air-conditioned, family friendly environment.
- Beaverton City Library will be open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday (on Friday, August 4, the lobby will remain open until 9 p.m.), 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The library is located at 12375 SW 5th Street. TriMet route numbers 52, 76, and 78.
- Beaverton City Library at Murray Scholls will be open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The library is located at 11200 SW Murray Scholls Place, Suite 102. TriMet route numbers 62 and 92.
To find a list of other Washington County area locations of cooling centers, visit: http://www.co.washington.or.us/HHS/hot-weather.cfm.