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Lake Oswego's Adult Community Center among official 'cooling centers'

Forecasters are predicting temperatures near 90 on Friday and in triple digits by this weekend.Lake Oswego’s Adult Community Center is one of a handful of official “cooling centers” in Clackamas County that will provide relief for the public if temperatures soar into the 90s as expected Friday and approach triple digits this weekend.

Area residents who do not have a cool place to be during peak temperatures are encouraged to visit the centers and cool off. The ACC, which is located at 505 G Ave., will be open to the public Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Other nearby shelters include the Wilsonville Public Library (8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road), which will stay open until 8 p.m. if temperatures reach 100 degrees on Saturday and Sunday; and the Brookdale Wilsonville Senior Community Center (8170 S.W. Vlahos Drive), which will open its Fireside Room to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. if temperatures reach 90 degrees.

County officials say residents who plan to be outdoors should take precautions and protect themselves from sun exposure and the heat. Tips include:

• Avoid the sun and strenuous activity, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• If possible, go to an air-conditioned building for several hours during the hottest parts of the day. Participate in activities that will keep you cool, such as going to the movies, shopping at the mall, or cooling off at a pool or beach.

• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothes.

• Set your air conditioner. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cool shower twice a day and visit a public air-conditioned facility.

• Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Those on fluid-restricted diets or taking diuretics should first consult their physician.

• Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 14 if planning on sun exposure.

• Stay in shaded areas whenever working outdoors.

• Check on older adults or persons with disabilities in your community who may need help coping with the heat.

• Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.

Symptoms of dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, rapid heartbeat, muscle cramps and increased thirst. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention or call 911.