AUGUST: IT'S HOT OUT THERE!
It’s that time of year, when things start to heat up in the Pacific Northwest. Our communities see an increase in heat-related deaths and illnesses, and threats of wild fires. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe:
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As people are heading outside to enjoy the weather, there are some precautions that can be taken to help prevent heat-related deaths and illnesses. As mentioned above, the CDC has some great information on hot weather tips to help plan your activities, including wearing sunsreen and staying hydrated. In addition, there are precautions to take when enjoying the great waters that Oregon and Washington has to offer. During the summer months, rivers are impacted by deceptive currents and cold temperatures due to snowmelt, so it’s important to be prepared!
This article from Eugene-Springfield’s Register Guard has information on helpful tips. The biggest recommendation is to wear life jackets.
Another concern during these hot summer months is the impact of wild fires on our communities. Wild fires can mean poor air quality or the need to evacuate our homes.
Ready.gov offers information on how to prepare and how to stay safe.