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Washington State Agencies Recommend Ways to Prepare for High Temperatures

LACEY, Wa – As temperatures start to climb, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and the Administration for Community Living are warning people of the dangers of high heat and humidity.

In extreme heat, the body has to work much harder to maintain normal temperatures. While heat-related distress can occur quickly and without warning, it is especially dangerous for older adults and those with underlying health conditions.

Some tips to prepare and stay safe during these hot summer days:

  • Find air conditioning.
  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Wear light clothing.
  • Check on family members and neighbors.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Watch for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.