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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 27, 2009
Dr. Diana Yu, Thurston/Mason County Health Officer, 360-709-3082

Residents Urged to Take Caution During Heat Wave

OLYMPIA – South Sound area residents are urged to take some precautions to avoid adverse impacts from unusually high temperatures over the next several days.  The highs through most of this week are expected to be in the 90s, possibly up to the 100 degree range.      

  Thurston/Mason County Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu, says people can face health risks when it is very hot outside, especially when the humidity is high.  "For some people, the body cannot cool down as efficiently as it otherwise might. Those with special challenges include the very young, the elderly, those with weight or mobility problems, people who do not drink enough water to stay hydrated, those with heart disease or poor circulation and people who suffer from prescription drug and alcohol abuse."

Dr. Yu says everyone should keep cool, stay indoors, stay hydrated and take some common sense steps to accomplish that mission:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and replace salts and minerals. (Do not take salt tablets unless under medical supervision.)
  • Try not to eat heavy meals and skip the hot meals—they add heat to the body.
  • Dress in cool, loose clothing and make sure to help small children dress appropriately and remember to use hats and umbrellas.
  • Limit exposure to the sun, especially at mid day.  Use a good sunscreen if you have to be out of doors.
  • Never leave pets in a parked car.
  • Remember to provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your animals.
  • Do not leave children in the car, even for a short period of time, when the weather is this hot.

    If you need a break from the hot weather, consider visiting a mall, theater, or other air conditioned location.  You should also check on neighbors, family and friends to make sure they are OK. 

    For assistance with non-emergency heat-related issues, call 2-1-1.  For more information regarding the potential impacts from very hot weather and more advice on avoiding complications, visit the Centers for Disease Control web site at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heat_guide.asp

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3