Temperatures are getting high early this year! Do you need a safe place to cool down?
When the weather is forecast to be extremely hot, local governments extend service hours at community centers, senior centers, and other facilities to give people a free place to cool down. 211info has a handy list of these cooling centers in Multnomah, Clark, Clackamas, Columbia, Washington, Marion, Yamhill and Polk counties. Pets are allowed in some Multnomah County cooling centers; call ahead to make sure.
All Multnomah County Libraries are air-conditioned (even when there's not a heat wave!) and they're great places to visit when you need a respite from the heat. All Multnomah County Libraries are open seven days a week -- and there's a handy map you can use to find the library nearest to you.
Would you like tips on staying safe and healthy during a heat wave? Multnomah County has tips on staying cool and staying healthy in the heat. Or, take a look at the Red Cross's info on heat wave safety (click on the "Prepare" and "Respond During" tabs to see more details) or the Frequently Asked Questions About Extreme Heat from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
If you have a pet, you may want to look at the Oregon Human Society's information about hot weather safety for pets, DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital's advice about avoiding heatstroke and keeping your pet safe in hot weather, or the Humane Society of the United States's tips for keeping pets safe in the heat.