July 27, 2009
King County cooling centers open
Excessive heat warning issued for King County
Updated August 3, 2012: There are currently no official King County sponsored cooling centers open. Stay cool by utilizing malls, movie theaters, libraries and other public facilities to get out of the heat. Also follow safety guidelines outlined below.
King County Libraries are open during normal hours. Click here for locations and hours.
Tips on heat and health
Signs and symptoms of heat related illness may vary but can include: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, and fainting.
Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability unless treated immediately. Symptoms of heat stroke include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot, and dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; nausea, confusion and unconsciousness. Public Health - Seattle & King County is urging people to take precautions and monitor themselves and others for signs and symptoms of heat related illness and call for medical aid as necessary.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and stay in air-conditioned buildings such as public libraries and community centers, malls and movie theaters. Check on relatives and neighbors, particularly those with health issues. Never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down.
More hot weather safety tips are available at www.kingcounty.gov/health/BeatTheHeat