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.
The following tips are recommended so you and your community can stay cool and safe:
- 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 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.
Cooling Centers for Thursday and Friday:
- Local Pierce County Library (www.piercecountylibrary.org/branches/branch-listing.htm)
- Sprinkler Recreation Center, 14824 S C St, Spanaway/Parkland, 5:30 am-10:00 pm
- South Hill Mall, 3500 S. Meridian, 10:00 am-9:00 pm
- Anderson Island Fire Department, 12207 Lake Josephine Blvd, 8:00 am-4:00 pm
- Fife Community Center, 2111 54th Ave E, 8:30 am-5:00 pm
- City of Buckley Multi Purpose Center, 811 E Main, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Thursday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm Friday
- Mid County Community Center, 10205 44th Ave E, Tacoma, 8:30 am-4:00 pm Thursday (closed Friday)
- Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St, 9:00 am-8:00 pm Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Friday
- Bonney Lake Senior Center, 19304 Bonney Lk Blvd, 8am-4pm Thursday and Friday
- Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, 8:30am-5pm Thursday and Friday
- Chapel Hill Church, 7700 Skansie Ave, Gig Harbor, 9:00 am-10:00 pm Thursday, closed Friday
(Information Provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department)