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:

Extreme Heat

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) provides information to help you stay safe, including Hot Weather Tips, Signs of Heat-Related Ilnness, protections for vulnerable groups and pets.

211info can also help you find Cooling Centers in your area. To speak with a Community Information Specialist about cooling centers that may be available in your area:

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Recreational Safety

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.

Owyhee River, Malheur County, OR. (photo by 211info staff member)

Owyhee River, Malheur County, OR. (photo by 211info staff member)


Wild Fires

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. offers information on how to prepare and how to stay safe.

211info Admin