Cooling shelters are open in Canby, and the fire department is offering some tips for staying cool.

With temperatures reaching into the hundreds this week, four cooling shelters will be open in Canby. All of the stations will offer water and a break from the heat.

The Canby Adult Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will be providing snacks, showing movies and having a good time, sheltered from the blaring heat just outside their doors.

The fairgrounds is also a shelter from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for those who have no other way of escaping the high temperatures.

The library is open as a cooling station during their regular operating hours.

The Ackerman School cafeteria will be open as an overnight option from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Todd Gary, division chief at Canby Fire, noted that these extreme temperatures affect elderly and kids the most.

He offered some tips for staying cool.

First and foremost, drink water.

"Drinking water is the best thing you can do," Gary said.

He also suggested avoiding sugars, coffee and alcohol, which dehydrate the body, and wearing light-colored and lightweight clothing. Finally, stay on guard for signs of heat exhaustion such as severe sweating or sudden lack of sweating, dizziness, headaches, and increased heartrate.

Anyone who is in need of transportation is encouraged to call the fire department at 503-266-5851, and they will work to arrange a ride.

Kristen Wohlers
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