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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 26, 2015
Sandy Johnson, Thurston County Emergency Management at (360) 867-2800 or JohnsonS@co.thurston.wa.us

Cooling Centers Open to Help Beat Record Heat
County residents reminded of summer safety tips as heatwave approaches

The heat is on in the Puget Sound region, and the Thurston County Emergency Management Division has gathered a list of cooling centers that will be available this weekend as record-setting temperatures soar into
the 90s. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for June 26, 27 and 28.

A list of cooling centers is available on the Thurston County Emergency Management Division's website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em.

When a cooling center is not available, there are still a few tips that can help you beat the heat at home and stay safe.

  • Keep a cool head and remember the basics: drink plenty of fluids; avoid the sun and stay in the shade; use sunscreen even if you're outside for only a few minutes.

  • Find cooler air in public places. Shopping centers, movie theaters, libraries and community centers are typically air conditioned, so go out, have fun and find some cooler air.

  • Take it easy and avoid heatstroke. Don't over-exert yourself with heavy duty yard work or strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

  • NEVER leave children or pets in a hot car.

  • Keep pets cool, too. Check on your outdoor pets frequently and make sure they have shelter from the sun and plenty of water.

  • The heat can be hard on the young and the elderly. Check on relatives and neighbors who may be more sensitive to hot weather—young children, infants, seniors and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk during extreme hot weather.

For additional safety tips on how to beat the heat, download the Thurston County Medic One pamphlet at www.co.thurston.wa.us/medic1/documents/Heat-injury-pamphlet.pdf.

The high temperatures and dry conditions also increase the risk of wildfires, and Thurston County residents are reminded that a countywide outdoor burn ban is currently in place. For more details about the burn ban restrictions, go to the county's homepage at www.co.thurston.wa.us and click on the "Countywide Burn Ban" link.

County officials also remind residents that there are restriction on the sale and discharge of fireworks in the county. But with the current heat and dry conditions, residents are urged to keep this holiday season safe and sane and enjoy the region's professional fireworks shows this year instead. To learn more, go to the county's homepage at www.co.thurston.wa.us and click on the "Fireworks restrictions and safety tips" link.

As temperatures climb this weekend, keeps tabs on weather conditions and hot weather tips and information with the Thurston County Emergency Management Division social media—find us on Facebook at ThurstonEM, or on Twitter at @ThurstonEM.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3