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Staying cool and healthy during hot weather

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Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can't properly cool you off. Learn more about signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.

Older adults, young children, people with health conditions, people who work or exercise outdoors, and people who do not have access to air conditioning are at higher risk for heat-related illnesses. Take care of yourself and check on loved ones, friends, and neighbors when temperatures heat up.

The CDC recommends these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:

  • Stay in a cool, indoor location as much as possible. Follow these tips for cooling your home if you do not have air conditioning.
  • Drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Check temperature forecasts when scheduling outdoor activities. Limit strenuous activities to mornings and evenings, when temperatures are cooler.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself when working or exercising and take frequent breaks.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.


Kitsap County can open cooling centers when high temperatures are predicted over an extended period of time. For updates, check the Kitsap Department of Emergency Management website or call 211.

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