City of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, Whidbey Island's Premier Waterfront Community

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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Safety in Summer Heat

Hot Weather Precautions

  • WATER: Always drink plenty of cool water when you are in the heat. You may not be thirsty, but your body can still be losing as much as three gallons of water a day in hot weather.
  • Dehydration can bring on kidney failure, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Thirst indicates that a person is already dehydrated.
  • Sugary drinks delay rehydration. When you drink a drink containing sugar, your body must digest the sugar before it can use the liquid.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Wear hats, sunglasses and lightweight, loose clothing.
  • Protect yourself and children with 25 SPF (or higher) waterproof sunscreen and reapply every hour.
  • Keep as cool as possible.
  • The hottest part of the day is between 10am and 5pm, avoid strenuous activity in the sun.
  • Those most at risk to heat injuries are older adults, chronically ill, obese, alcoholic, diabetic, and those with circulatory problems.
  • Heat injuries result from a combination of a hot environment and the body being incapable of cooling off fast enough.
Protect Your Pets from the Sun
  • Pets should not be left in vehicles in warm temperatures--even with the windows cracked.
  • Provide plenty of fresh water and a shaded area.
  • Pets can overheat if playing strenuously in the sun.

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