Beat the Heat: How to Stay Cool and Safe in Hot Weather

Release Date: August 16, 2022
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When temperatures are forecast to rise, please take precautions for yourself and those around you. Heat has the potential to cause illness or even death, particularly for higher-risk groups, such as seniors, young children, and people with health conditions. 

For more information about how to prepare and where to find a cooling center, please visit the City's Emergency Preparedness Resources webpage and scroll down to "extreme heat." The following information is duplicated from this webpage. 

Cooling Centers

If you are looking for a place to cool down, visit or dial 2-1-1. Local options include: 

- Sammamish YMCA: Open to the public 7 days a week during business hours. Weekdays 5AM – 9PM; Sat 7AM-7PM; Sun 8AM-6PM. No membership is needed to sit and cool down; photo ID may be requested. For the latest hours, visit their website or call 425-391-4840. 

- Sammamish Library: Open to the public every day except Saturday during business hours. Tues/Wed 1PM-8PM; Thurs-Fri 10AM-5PM; Sun 11AM-6PM. For the latest hours, visit their website or call 425-392-3130.

- Sammamish City Hall: Open to the public weekdays during business hours (8:30am - 5:00pm). Call 425-295-0531 for more information.

- Other options include air conditioned spaces such as restaurants, movie theaters, and malls.

Vulnerable People

Check on vulnerable family or neighbors by phone or in person to make sure they are safe and cool. Learn the warning signs of heat illness that happens when the body can’t cool down. If someone has heat stroke, they need to call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room immediately.

Water Safety

One of the biggest concerns when the weather heats up is water safety. Warm air doesn’t always mean warm water in our region's lakes and rivers. Please use extreme caution, wear a life jacket, and keep a close eye on children. For more information about the hazards of cold water and how to stay safe, please visit Information about swimming safely in local water bodies can be found at Public Health - Seattle & King County

Pet Safety

Never leave your pet in a car on a hot day. In sunny weather, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to 120 degrees or more, even with windows left slightly open. If you see a pet in distress from the heat, call the Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC) at 206-296-7387 or call 9-1-1. For more pet resources, please visit the RASKC webpage