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Citizens Encouraged to Beat the Heat in City’s Air-Conditioned Facilities

July 8, 2010

For more information contact:

Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569

RENTON – With very high temperatures being experienced in the area, the City of Renton is urging people to take simple precautions to protect their health.  As temperatures rise, so do the risk factors, especially for the young, the elderly and pets. Public safety officials are cautioning residents to be alert for symptoms of heat-related illness and to be proactive in planning to stay safe in the heat.

“Prevention and common sense are the best defenses against heat-related illness,” said Fire Chief/Emergency Services Administrator Mark Peterson. “To stay cool, drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous activity, and take advantage of the city’s air conditioned community centers and public pool to escape the heat.”

Some locations throughout the city where people can escape the heat include:

  • Renton Community Center at 1715 Maple Valley Highway
    Open to the public Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
    Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Renton Senior Activity Center at 211 Burnett Avenue N.
    Welcomes seniors during its normal operating hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Public libraries
  • Movie theaters
  • Local stores and malls

The city also offers the following information for protection during the heat wave:

Health and Safety

  • Whenever possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. Dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Be safe near water. Swim in guarded areas.
  • Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun's peak hours of 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.
  • Never leave children, seniors, or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat, even for a few minutes.
  • Check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.
  • Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
    Heat exhaustion:  Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal.

    Heat stroke:  Symptoms include flushed, hot, dry skin; weak or rapid pulse; shallow breathing; lack of sweating; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and unconsciousness. Body temperature will be elevated, and victim should receive immediate medical attention.


  • Be sure your pet has plenty of water and shade if left outside.
  • Never leave your pet in a car when you travel or do errands. During warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120° in a matter of minutes, even if parked in the shade.
  • Pets can get sunburned too, and your pet may require sunscreen on his or her nose and ear tips.
  • On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot  and can burn your pet's paws.

Home Security

  • More than 50% of residential burglaries in Renton are non-forced entry, meaning the criminal enters via an unsecured door or window.  While it is tempting to leave your windows open at night during hot weather, doing so may increase your likelihood of burglary.
  • Ground floor windows and doors should be closed and locked when you are not in the immediate vicinity  and when you are asleep.  Second story windows that can be easily accessed by climbing a tree (or other means) should also be locked at night.  Even when you are awake, it only takes a moment for a criminal to  enter through an open door or window.  Protect your property by keeping doors and windows that are not  in your direct sight closed and locked!