City of Renton offers relief from heat wave
August 16, 2012 · 9:05 AM
The City of Renton will offer places to beat the heat this Thursday and Friday, with the expected high temperatures.
Outside temperatures are to reach the low to mid 90s both days. City officials warn older adults, young children and people with mental illnesses and chronic diseases to take special care, because they are at a particularly high risk. The Renton Senior Activity Center, at 211 Burnett Avenue North in Renton, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday. The Highlands Neighborhood Center, at 800 Edmonds Avenue Northeast in the city, will also be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The City of Renton suggests the following to protect yourself from the heat: 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.
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 here.
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.
For more information please visit the City of Renton’s website .