Public Health urges residents to be prepared for extreme heat this week


During days of extreme heat, everyone should ensure they have a cool place to stay and avoid being out in the sun during the hottest periods of the day. Take the following precautions to stay safe:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty.

  • Keep your home cooler by shutting blinds or drawing curtains. Use fans or air-conditioners, if you have one.

  • Check on your neighbors, friends, and family in the area – particularly seniors and people with medical conditions - to ensure they are not suffering heat illness at home. Cooling centers are available.

  • Avoid outdoor activities, if possible, during the heat of the day, generally from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

  • Never leave children or pets in a vehicle. Temperatures inside of cars can skyrocket to deadly levels quickly during extreme heat.

  • Use life jackets or other flotation devices on the water to prevent drowning.

  • (For more tips on staying safe during extreme heat, visit kingcounty.gov/beattheheat.)

Where to stay cool: Many cooling centers are open now. Here are some resources for finding one:

  • The King County Office of Emergency Management provides updates on options for people who need a place to stay cool on its Emergency News blog.

  • The City of Seattle provides this map of cooling centers within the city.

  • The State of Washington’s 2-1-1 information center is also a resource for cooling center options.

Anyone who visits a cooling center, whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, should wear a well-made, snug-fitting mask. Note on COVID-19 testing locations: Some sites that perform COVID-19 testing are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat. You can find the latest information on hours and availability at King County’s COVID-19 testing website. Providing effective and innovative health and disease prevention services for more than two million residents and visitors of King County, Public Health – Seattle & King County works for safer and healthier communities for everyone, every day. More at www.kingcounty.gov/health Keep up with the latest Public Health news in King County by subscribing to the department’s blog, Public Health Insider. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram