Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tualatin Library extends hours on Friday

The Tualatin Public Library will extend hours on Friday, July 31, until 9pm to serve as a "cooling center." The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Portland-metro area through Friday night, with forecasted highs of 100 degrees.

The Tualatin Library normally closes at 6pm on Friday through Sunday but is open until 9 pm on Monday through Thursday. For more information, call 503-691-3074 or visit online.

The Juanita Pohl Center is another Tualatin location where residents without air conditioning can find some relief. The JPC will be open regular hours on Thursday and Friday: 8 am - 5 pm. The JPC is located at 8513 SW Tualatin Rd. (inside Community Park). For more information, call 503-691-3061.

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year and claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. The most vulnerable individuals are those who work or exercise outdoors, adults over 65, infants and children under four, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.

Washington County Public Health advises taking precautions to avoid heat-related health issues, including staying hydrated, staying in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible, and avoiding strenuous activities. For more info: http://www.co.washington.or.us/hhs/news/heatwave-june-2015.cfm.