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Auburn to Open Cooling Center in Response to Heat Advisory

The National Weather Service has issued an a Heat Advisory from 11 a.m., Saturday, July 12 to 6 a.m., Monday, July 14. The City of Auburn will have a cooling center available at City Hall located at 25 West Main St. from 2 - 9 p.m. on both days.

The cooling center is open to people of all ages and to properly caged/restrained pets. Some pet cages will be available on-site if needed. Other places to visit to stay cool are malls, movie theaters, restaurants, and libraries during normal business hours.

A Heat Advisory means that a period of sustained hot temperatures is expected. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s and mid-90s in the Puget Sound area. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will bombine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Overnight temperatures are expected to drop into the 50s and 60s. 

Take extra precaution if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, so call 911 if heat stroke is suspected.

Do not leave pets or children in the car for any period of time unattended. The temperature in a vehicle is much higher than outside and it only takes a few minutes for severe medical problems and even death to occur. If you know you will be visiting a place where pets are not allowed, it is best to leave them at home.

For more information, contact the City’s Emergency Management division at 253-876-1925 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/disaster.