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Keep Safe in this Extreme Heat

Keep Safe in this Extreme Heat

DART is providing free rides to the public to cooling centers in Polk County through Wednesday, June 15 due to the extreme heat. Riders should tell bus drivers when they board that they want to go to the cooling center or overnight shelter. Learn More:

Link to list of Cooling Centers in Polk County

DART Announcement re: Free Rides to Cooling Centers

Hot Weather Safety Reminders from the nursing team at Orchard Place

Stay cool indoors: stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible; try to limit outdoor activities to when it’s coolest, such as morning and evening hours. Wear weather appropriate clothing: choose lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. When outdoors, protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen.

Stay hydrated! Carry a water bottle with you at ALL times. If you have to be outside, take frequent water breaks. To calculate ounces of water needed per day, divide your weight in pounds by two.

Know the signs & symptoms of heat exhaustion, heavy sweating, headache, weakness, and cold, pale and clammy skin, etc. Seek medical help as needed.

Know the signs & symptoms of heat stroke, high body temperature, hot, red, dry or damp skin, headache, confusion, loss of consciousness, etc.  Preventive action is our best defense against extreme heat and weather-related health issues. Seek medical help as needed.