Stay Cool with These Tips When Temperatures Climb


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Temperatures are expected to climb into triple digits  this weekend. Please consider some of these suggests of ways to help avoid the dangers of heat-related illness:

  • Don't leave children or pets in the car! Even leaving them in the car for a little while can be dangerous. The temperature in your vehicle is significantly hotter than outside.
  • Move to the shade. Park spaces with trees and other forested areas can provide much needed protection from the elements. 
  • Drink lots of fluids!  Pace yourself, by drinking small amounts frequently, e.g. one cup every 20 minutes.
  • Manage your workloads. Do your heaviest physical labor in the cooler part of the day. Add frequent short breaks. Watch yourself and coworkers for signs of heat illness.
  • Wear lightweight clothing. Light colored cotton fabric is a good choice. Light colors reflect heat rather than absorbing it.
  • Pull blinds or shades to reduce the amount of heat coming from the windows. Keep windows closed when air conditioning is running.
  • When possible, stay indoors in an air-conditioned area.  If you do not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall, theater, or other public location that does.
  • Help your pets weather the heat, too. Make sure their water bowls remain full throughout the day. Bring them inside, if possible. If not, make sure they have shade or shelter from the heat.
  • Check on sick and elderly neighbors. They may be susceptible to heat illness.
  • Get some short-term relief at one of Salem's Park Spray Fountains. We have seven around Salem. Find one near you:

Daytime Cooling Center Hours


Arches Day Center, Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m., Mon., 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 
615 Commercial Street NE

Church at the Park , Sat.-Sun., noon-8 p.m.
2410 Turner Road

HOME Youth Services (ages 11-18), Sat.-Sun.-Mon., noon-7 p.m. 
625 Union Street

Inside Out Ministries, Sat.-Sun., 1-8 p.m. 
1900 Front Street on

NWHS HOAP, Mon., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
694 Church Street

ROCC (times and days unavailable) 
2555 Silverton Road NE

Salem First Presbyterian, Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. 
770 Chemeketa ST NE

Rural Marion County 

Santiam Outreach Community Center, Sat.-Sun.-Mon., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
280 Santiam Blvd NE, Mill City


Public Library, Sat.-Sun.-Mon., noon-8 p.m.
280 GarfieldStreet

Foursquare Church, Sat.-Sun.-Mon., noon-8 p.m.
1175 E Lincoln Street

Polk County

Dallas Public Library, Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
150 Main Street, Dallas

Independence Public Library, Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
175 Monmouth Street, Independence

Monmouth Public Library, Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m
168 Ecols Street, Monmouth

The Gate Youth Association, Sun., noon-5 p.m. 
1501 Monmouth Street, Monmouth

Monmouth Christian Church, Sat.-Sun., noon-9 p.m. 
959 Church Street W, Monmouth 

Falls City Community Center, Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.
320 North Main Street, Falls City

Play It Safe and Cool in the Water

Thinking of heading to the Willamette River to cool off? Play it safe! Life jackets are the most important precaution to avoid drowning. Wallace Marine Park has two life jacket loaner kiosks, one at the boat ramp and another near popular swimming sites.

Whether swimming or boating, life jackets are a good choice for both adults and children. The Willamette may look smooth and calm, but currents can vary and be unpredictable. Also be sure to avoid bridge pillars, which can collect dangerous debris.

Contact us

8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301
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