As high temperatures have again hit our region, Clackamas County officials have identified multiple cooling centers throughout the county for members of the public. Residents who do not have access to cool places are encouraged to visit a center to avoid the heat and relax.
The Sandy Senior Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and has been named by Clackamas County as a potential cooling center.
Sandy Senior Center can be reached by phone at
Some additional nearby centers include: Damascus Community Church, 14251 SE Rust Way in Damascus, open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, when temperatures reach 90 degrees, and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Call 503-658-3179. Estacada Community Center, 200 SW Club House Drive in Estacada, open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 503-630-7454.
The county would also like to remind residents that plan to be outdoors to take precautions and protect themselves and others 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 dont 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.