Where to keep your cool in the heat

  • Thu Jul 8th, 2010 9:12am
  • News

By Kristi O’Harran Herald Writer

As the area’s temperatures soar, some Snohomish County communities are opening up their air-conditioned doors to offer respite from the heat.

Seniors and youngsters are both more susceptible to suffer dehydration, overheating and other adverse health affects from the high temperatures.

If you know about a cooling center Friday or beyond, please e-mail newstips@heraldnet.com or call 425-339-3451.

Here are some options.

Everett Senior Activity Center, 3025 Lombard St., will be open until 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Here are Everett parks that offer both shaded outdoor areas and some water access: Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.; Silver Lake, 11400 W. Silver Lake Road; Howarth Park, 1127 Olympic Blvd.

No Sno-Isle branches are official cooling stations, but most do have air conditioning. The only Snohomish County libraries that are not air conditioned are Arlington, Lake Stevens, and Stanwood. The other 12 in Snohomish County are Brier, Darrington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Mukilteo, Snohomish, and Sultan. Their hours vary, and Brier is closed on Thursdays.

Snohomish Senior Center, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 504 Fourth Ave. If you are in need of transportation please call 360-568-0934.

Sky Valley Family and Community Resource Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, 701 First St., Sultan. All ages are welcome. Pets may be brought in but must be on a leash or in a pet cage. Bring a movie or a book. They have a VCR/DVD player.

Other cool spots

Snohomish County Parks are open from 7 a.m. to dusk including Kayak Point Park, 15610 Marine Drive, Stanwood; Meadowdale Beach, 6026 156th St. SW, Edmonds; Picnic Point, 13001 Picnic Point Road, Edmonds; Spencer Island (Snohomish River Estuary), Fourth Street SE, Everett.

Lakefronts: Flowing Lake County Park, 17900 48th St. SE, Snohomish; Gissberg Twin Lakes, 16324 Twin Lakes Ave., Arlington; Martha Lake County Park, 16300 E. Shore Drive, Lynnwood; Lake Goodwin County Park, 4620 Lakewood Road, Stanwood; Wenberg County Park, 15430 E. Lake Goodwin Road, Stanwood; Lake Roesiger County Park, 1608 S. Lake Roesiger Road, Snohomish.

Riverfronts: River Meadows County Park, 20416 Jordan Road, Arlington; Riverscene County Park, Jordan Road, Granite Falls; Squire Creek County Park, 41415 Highway 530, Arlington; Twin Rivers, Highway 530, Arlington; Jordan Bridge County Park, 14300 Jordan Road, Arlington.

Outdoor pool: McCollum County Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Spray park: Willis Tucker Community Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish.

Don’t forget your pets get hot, too. Keep them out of the hot car and make sure they have plenty of fresh water to drink. Many cats like their water away from their food.

If you work outdoors in hot weather, the Department of Labor and Industries says to protect yourself from heat-related illness: Drink plenty of water, pace your work, take scheduled breaks, wear lightweight clothing, avoid caffeine and heavy meals, and watch co-workers for symptoms of heat-related illness, such as headaches, dizziness or nausea.

A state rule requires employers to make sure workers have plenty of water and train workers and supervisors on the signs of heat-related illness and what to do if someone gets sick.

Lakes and rivers are still cold enough to cause hypothermia, even in summer and among the strongest swimmers. Lifeguards are on duty at McCollum Park Pool only and not on duty at any of the beaches.

Ways to stay safe include: wear a life jacket, avoid swimming or boating in high running water, check water conditions, never dive or jump into unfamiliar or shallow water.