Hot Weather Safety

Extreme Heat is defined as several days of hotter than average temperatures. Heat vulnerability varies depending on location, occupation, and access to cool facilities 

Extreme Heat

On hot days, there are actions you should take to stay cool and stay healthy: 

  • Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day and drink before you feel thirsty.
  • Limit times outdoors.
  • Reduce physical activity.
  • Wear lightweight clothing.
  • Use cold washcloths on neck or wrists.
  • Spend time in air-conditioned spaces such as public library, senior center, or mall. 
  • Keep your blinds and windows shut during the day and open at night when temperatures are cooler.
  • Limit use of ovens, stoves, or other appliances that increase indoor temperatures

Try to reduce physical activity and drink lots of fluids. This will help prevent heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke. Symptoms of heat related illnesses may include: 

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Fast Pulse
  • Confusion

For heat safety preparedness on the job, please visit Be Heat Smart and talk to your supervisor.

NEVER leave children or animals in the car. It gets hot very quickly inside vehicles and if a child or pet is left in a hot car; death from heat exposure is very possible.

Swimming and cooling off in your local lake, river, or pool can be a fun way to beat the heat. However, it can become deadly very quickly. Drowning occurs too often in Washington during the summer. To help prevent drowning, know your limits and the water conditions! Swimming in open water can be more difficult than a pool. Swimmers can tire more quickly and find themselves unable to get to shore. Water in Western Washington rarely gets warm and sudden immersion into cold water can lead to "shock" making it difficult to swim. Rivers can run fast causing swimmers to be swept away and log jams or rocks can force someone under water. It can be incredibly difficult to resurface.

To protect yourself in the water, wear a life-jacket that properly fits, swim in an area with a lifeguard, and stay sober when you're in the water

Remember always wear sunscreen, practice safe water practices, and drink lots of fluids when its hot outside.

Extreme Heat Resources

Cooling Centers

A cooling center is a temporary shelter that provides air-conditioning to help cool down from the heat. These centers are usually public facilities such as libraries, senior centers, and community centers. 

In Bothell, we have two cooling centers: the Northshore Senior Center and the Bothell Library

Northshore Senior Center

10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell, WA 98011 

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm
  • Wednesday: 08:00 am - 08:30 pm

Parking: available on-site

Transportation: Limited options may be available with prior 24-hour scheduling. Contact for transportation: (425) 286-1026

Masks: Recommended for all visitors

Animals: Animals are allowed into the building if they are leashed at all times or carried in a pet carrier

Amenities: Restrooms and water are available. Snacks are available for purchase before 03:00 pm.

For questions, please call (425) 487-2441 or email

Bothell Library

18215 98th Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011

  • Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday: 10:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday/Wednesday: 01:00 pm to 08:00 pm
  • Closed Sunday

Parking: Free parking available. Parking is for library users only. Please register your vehicle if you will be here more than four hours.

Transportation: The library is served by Metro routes 230, 342, and 372, and Sound Transit 522.

Mask: Masks are optional.

Animals: Service Animals may be in the library. No pets.

Amenities: The library has public restrooms and a bottle-filling water fountain. There are power outlets and wi-fi available to all, as well as public computers and printers that can be used by library patrons.

For questions, please call (425)-486-7811 or email

This information was last updated 11:00am 8/29/2022.  For more updated information, please contact the specific cooling centers at the information provided above.

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