Pradeep Hatcher

Stay safe during Hoopfest

Pradeep Hatcher, Public Information Assistant, No Phone Number Available

Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:46 a.m.

Spokane is gearing up for incredibly high temperatures this weekend and for the next several days. If you're heading to Hoopfest, Ironman, or taking part in any other outdoor activity over the next week, please make safety your priority.

Heat stress increases the risk for illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps. To help prevent heat related illnesses, here are a few things to keep in mind from the Spokane Regional Health District:

  • Avoid heavy exertion, extreme heat, sun exposure, and high humidity when possible
  • If you have to be active, monitor your physical condition and that of your neighbors for signs or symptoms of heat illnesses.
  • Drink plenty of water – don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing such as cotton.
  • Try to spend at least part of the day in an air conditioned place like a shopping mall, a store, the library, a friend's house, or the movies.

Check out SRHD's Heat Stress Fast Facts (PDF 561 KB), or the CDC's website for more tips and information.

If you're looking for a place to cool off temporarily, the City just put out a list of cooling shelters you can go to. Find that list here. In addition, you can also come inside City Hall (808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd). The Chase Gallery and City Council Chambers will be open for Hoopfest players and spectators and anyone downtown who may need a break from the sun. Come in through the sliding doors on the entrance along Post Street. We will be streaming Hoopfest live in the chambers and the City will also operate water stations around the outside of the building for people who need additional water.

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