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Stay Cool and Beat the Heat

Renton Senior Activity Center and Highlands Neighborhood Center Open During the Day

August 15, 2012

Tim Williams
, Recreation Director, 425-430-6615
Mindi Mattson, Emergency Management Coordinator, 425-430-7041 
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569 

Renton, WA – The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for this Thursday and Friday, with temperatures that will rise into the low to mid 90s. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

To help residents beat the heat, the Renton Senior Activity Center at 211 Burnett Avenue N. in Renton will be open on Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the Highlands Neighborhood Center, 800 Edmonds Avenue Northeast, Renton, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Other public places such as libraries, movie theaters and stores are also good places to beat the heat.

City of Renton officials are continuing to monitor the weather conditions and needs of the community and will provide additional support as warranted. The city is asking citizens to be proactive in planning to stay safe in the heat, and take appropriate measures to protect their personal health, reduce the risk of fire, and prevent criminals from entering their home. Family, friends and neighbors are also urged to check in frequently with elderly residents who may need assistance during the hot weather.

Tips to protect yourself:

Stay Cool:

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

  • Dress in lightweight clothing.

  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions, too.

Drink liquids:

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually dehydrate your body.

  • Have a beverage with you as much as possible, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.

If you go outside:

  • Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

Water Safety:

  • Some people turn to local rivers to cool off, but drowning is a real concern. Please use caution and wear a personal flotation device (PFD) on the water. And if you want to swim, choose a safer location–visit a local pool or lifeguarded beach instead.

More tips in English, Spanish, Chinese Vietnamese, Russian and Korean are available at www.kingcounty.gov/health/beattheheat.aspx

The National Weather Service has also posted three red flag warnings for critical fire weather conditions in Western Washington. Outdoor burning including recreational fires are prohibited. For more information visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sew.

For more information please visit the City of Renton’s website at rentonwa.gov.