Visit cooling centers in Clackamas County to beat the heat

From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8752

Media and Interested Parties

As the region begins to enter the time of the year when we typically experience hot temperatures, Clackamas County officials have identified multiple cooling centers throughout the county for members of the public who may need a spot to cool down. 

People who do not have access to cool places during the heat are encouraged to visit a cooling center to avoid the heat and relax. A list of centers can be found at online

Please note, some of the sites may change or extend their hours during extreme heat. It is a good idea to call ahead to confirm hours. 

Excessive heat can cause serious health issues for people of all ages. Clackamas County Health Officer Dr. Sarah Present said it’s important for people to know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses. 

“Dizziness, nausea, headaches, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting and breathing problems are all signs that help should be sought immediately,” she said. 

Dr. Present also said it’s a good idea to monitor those who are vulnerable when temperatures begin to rise: “Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially to infants, the elderly, outdoor laborers, those with preexisting health conditions and those who do not have access to relief from high temperatures. Infants are less able to regulate their body temperatures and people with underlying health conditions may be less able to adapt to the heat. Many medications can contribute to dehydration.”

It’s also crucial to remember that if you or someone you know plans to be outdoors during excessive heat that appropriate precautions should be taken in order to 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 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.
  • Be sure your pets have plenty of water and shaded areas.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Scott Anderson at sanderson@clackamas.us or at 503-655-8752.