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Beat The Heat: How to stay cool and safeRising temperatures in King County
When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk. Follow these tips to stay cool and safe:

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places like a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
  • Drink plenty of water. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy. Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.
More tips in multiple languages are available on our Beat the Heat webpage at www.kingcounty.gov/health/beattheheat

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