Where to Cool Off

Tips for Staying Cool

  • Never wait in a parked vehicle or leave a child, elder, or pet waiting in a parked car. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can rise dangerously high, even with the windows open.
  • Slow down. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities until the heat of the day has passed.
  • Stay out of the sun. Sunburn interferes with the skin’s ability to cool.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • Drink plenty of water and non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy, heart, or kidney disease should talk to a doctor before increasing their consumption.
  • Find the cool places. Visit a family member or neighbor with air conditioning, or go to the nearest public library or other cooled space.
  • Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
  • Pay attention to older adults and people with disabilities or health conditions. Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.

Air Conditioners for Individuals on Medicaid

Oregon Health Authority can provide air conditioners to qualified Medicaid individuals who are most vulnerable. For questions about eligibility, contact your care team, visit careoregon.org, or call the Oregon Health Plan office at 800-273-0557 (TTY 711).

Signs of Heat Related Illnesses

More Information

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