Tips and cooling center locations for our impending heat wave
Posted on July 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
At 2:28pm today, the National Weather Service upgraded our excessive heat warning to a heat advisory, from 11am Saturday to 6pm Monday.
It’s going to be hot and there are a ton of outdoor events planned on Queen Anne this weekend – the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, Queen Anne Days, and the Queen Anne Running of the Bulls. Plus, the annual Queen Anne Days Sidewalk Sale at local merchants spans the weekend. Stay safe out there!
Below are tips from the Office of the Mayor – the Libraries and cooling centers have been edited for proximity to Queen Anne. Click here for the full list.
Also, remember that Little Howe (aka East Queen Anne) wading pool is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays from noon to 7pm.
Hot weather tips
- When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy.
- Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
- Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.
- Drink plenty of water. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
- Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.
Protect your pets
Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:
- Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
- If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
- Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
- If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
- Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
- For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.
The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.
- Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
- Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
- Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
- Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
- Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088
- Seattle Center Armory serves as an indoors cooling center; and tomorrow, visitors are most welcome to take in Seattle Center Festal: Polish Festival from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Armory and Mural Amphitheatre
- Armory Center House (Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday)
- International Fountain (Closed Saturday for a private event, but open until 9 p.m. Sunday)
- Fountain of Creation (Open until midnight – when the Center Campus closes)
The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:
- Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
- Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
- Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)