Heat advisory for Eugene and the surrounding area – Eugene Daily News

Eugene, OR: The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning this weekend for parts of the Willamette Valley, including Eugene.

Community members are encouraged to stay hydrated with water when the temperature is so high.

  • All of Eugene’s water fountains and water jets are on for the summer. Splash pads are available at:
    • Fairmount Park (E. 15th Ave. and Fairmount Blvd. )
    • Oakmont Park (2295 Oakmont Road )
    • Skinner Butte Park (248 Cheshire Ave )
    • Washington Park (2025 Washington Street )
  • The downtown library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, closed on Sunday. Regular services are available. People can cool off while browsing, and one-hour time slots are available for people to use computers or access wi-fi. The second floor of the Library will have 14 demarcated spaces of 6 x 6 feet and can accommodate four people per group (max 56 people at a time).

Symptoms of heat stroke in humans can include: high body temperature, rapid and strong pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and loss of consciousness. If you notice someone having these symptoms, call 911 immediately. – heat stroke is a medical emergency. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer tips for preventing heat stroke illnesses.

Pet safety

These safety tips are extremely important to remember to keep your furry family members safe:

  • Leave pets at home when shopping. Leaving your pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes, can easily cause heatstroke or brain damage. On an 85-degree day, a car’s interior temperature can climb to 104 degrees in 10 minutes, even with the windows slightly open. Dogs are particularly vulnerable to heat stress because they do not sweat like humans; they release body heat by panting.
  • Dogs should not ride in open van beds. The hot metal truck bed can burn your pet’s paw pads.
  • Keep pets indoors during the heat of the day; do not leave them outside unattended.
  • Make sure pets have access to water bowls filled with cool, cool water.
  • When pets are outside, be sure to provide shaded areas for them to rest, and invest in a mist hose or a kiddie pool for a cool place your pets can play.
  • Limit or skip exercise and dog park time during the heat of the day.
  • Always test the sidewalk or sand with your hand before you go (too hot to touch is too hot for your pet), walk early in the morning or late at night when it is cooler, carry water and take frequent breaks in shady places. If you suspect your pet’s paws have been burned, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Symptoms of heat stroke in animals can include: restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, black tongue, vomiting and lack of coordination. If your pet is overwhelmed by heat exhaustion, see your vet right now. If you notice a distressed or unconscious animal in a parked car, first try to locate the owner of the animal and alert them to the condition of the animal. If you cannot find the owner of the animal, call 911.

If you notice an animal in distress or unconscious in a parked car, call 911. If an animal is not in distress and it is faster to locate the owner, you may want to consider this in addition to calling for help.

Source: City of Eugène

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