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July 12, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Finding cool spots amid the heat wave

With temperatures expected to hit the 90s over the next few days, the city of Seattle and King County are offering locations for people to cool down, including libraries, community centers and senior centers.

Because many homes in the region do not have air conditioning, King County officials say there is a significantly greater risk of heat-related illnesses, particularly for older adults, young children and people who take certain medications.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; weakness; cold, pale and clammy skin; weak pulse; fainting; and vomiting. Signs of heat stroke include high body temperature (103° F or higher); hot, dry skin; rapid and strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness.

Here are some links for places to go to cool down around Puget Sound:

A list of Seattle-area cooling centers can be found here.
Seattle pools, wading pools, spray parks and beaches here.
Other King County cooling centers are listed here.

The county offers safety tips here, including:

Spend time in air-conditioned places.
Dress in lightweight clothing.
Cover windows that receive morning and/or afternoon sun.
Drink liquids.
Limit time in direct sunlight.
Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges or pets in a parked car (even with the window down).
Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning or evening hours.
Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors twice a day.

 

 

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