Stay safe during the current heat wave

shdlogoNow that the good weather has finally arrived, are you ready to enjoy it safely?

The Snohomish Health District and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office offers these tips to protect yourself and your family.


· Wear a life jacket at all time. If you don’t own one already, Big 5 Sporting Goods offers 25 percent off a variety of life jackets and many area parks have Life Jacket Loaner Stations.

· Never swim alone

· Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others

· Stay within designated swimming areas

· Be cautious of sudden drop-offs and swift underwater currents

· Stay warm – even if it’s warm outside, most of our rivers and lakes remain cold all summer

· Know your limits and your abilities; stop before you’re too tired

· Set limits with your children – when they can go in the water, where they can go, who needs to be there, and what they should have with them.


· Drink more fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

· Avoid drinks with alcohol or a lot of sugar.

· Stay indoors or in the shade. In extreme heat, seek an air-conditioned place, like a shopping mall or a public library.

· Take cool showers or baths.

· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Use sunscreen, wear sunglasses.

· NEVER leave anyone or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.

· Check regularly on infants and young children, seniors, and ill people

· Know the symptoms of heat-related illness


· Keep kids away from hot grills and campfires – have a fire extinguisher handy

· Know the fire danger level before starting a campfire – keep water close by

· If fireworks are allowed where you are, remember that even sparklers reach 1800 degrees Fahrenheit

More safety information and resources can be found at

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