Cooling centers open in Multnomah County

Temperatures could hit triple digits

A fan (KOIN 6 News, file)
A fan (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah County has 3 cooling stations set up for Sunday and Monday after The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s and possibly seep into the 100s. There will be two cooling stations in Portland and one in Gresham.

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Here are the locations and addresses:

Multnomah County Walnut Park Building, 5325 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland
• Multnomah County East Building, 600 NE 8th St., Gresham
• Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave., Portland

The county is offering free transportation to the stations. Reservations — the earlier the better, the county urges — can be made by calling (503) 226-0700.

Each station will have games and other forms of entertainment. Pets are also welcome.

The county also offered these tips for facing a heat advisory:

• Drink plenty of water, non-alcoholic and decaffeinated fluids. People with health conditions such as epilepsy or 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, shopping mall or other cooled space.
• Dress for the weather. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
• 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.
• Take a cool bath, shower or sponge bath. Cool water can help cool an overheated body.
• Pay attention to older adults, people with disabilities or health conditions.
• Check on those who are at-risk at least twice a day.

More information and tips can be found here.