Take Precautions to Avoid Danger in Extremely Hot Weather

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Water management and recreation officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District urge people to keep safety in mind while enjoying outdoor recreation opportunities along the Snake River, particularly during unusually hot temperatures and fluctuating water flows.

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Outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy scenic river views while taking advantage of fishing, boating and swimming opportunities to help beat the summer heat.

Unfortunately, outdoor fun can end tragically due to accidents in, on and around the water. Temperatures in the Mid-Columbia Basin will reach highs of 108 degrees later in the week.

Extremely hot weather — like the record-breaking temperatures currently forecasted for the Mid-Columbia Basin this week – can be dangerous. Don’t needlessly put yourself at risk — know the symptoms of heat illness and practice prevention tips recommended by the Center for Disease Control:

Heat illness preventive measures:

• Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.

• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.

• Do not leave children or pets in cars.

• Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself.

• Take regular breaks from direct sun exposure in the shade or an air-conditioned, indoor location.

• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.

• Check the local news for health and safety updates.

Heat illness categories and symptoms

Heavy sweating

• Weakness

• Cold, pale, and clammy skin

• Fast, weak pulse

• Nausea or vomiting

• Fainting

Heat Stroke

• High body temperature (above 103°F)*

• Hot, red, dry or moist skin

• Rapid and strong pulse

• Possible unconsciousness

Heat illnesses should be taken seriously and can be fatal in extreme cases. If you or anyone you’re with show signs of heat illness, immediately relocate to a cooler environment and get medical help.