With temperatures expected to reach the 90s this week, the American Red Cross encourages individuals and families to take the necessary precautions. The very young and the elderly are especially vulnerable to the heat, so it is important that families and friends check on them regularly.
Four of Bellevue's air-conditioned community centers are open to the public until at least 8 p.m. most days. Residents can call each facility with questions, or reach the Parks & Community Services main office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425-452-6885.
- Crossroads Community Center, 16000 NE 10th St.: 9 am-8 pm, M-F, 9 am-2 pm Sat. (425-452-4874)
- North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th AVE NE: 8:30 am-9 pm M-F, 9 am-4 pm Sat. (425-452-7681)
- South Bellevue Community Center, 14509 SE Newport Way: 6 am-9 pm, M-Th, F-6 am-8 pm, 8 am-5 pm Sat. and 10 am-5 pm Sun. (425-452-4240)
- Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel-Red Rd: 9 am -9 pm, M-F, 1st & 2nd Sat.-9 am-4 pm. All other Saturdays open for rentals only. (425-452-7686)
The Red Cross suggests taking the following actions to avoid heat-related illness:
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing (light colors reflect away some of the sun's energy) and plenty of sunscreen. Wear a hat or use an umbrella to help shield you from the sun.
- Carry water or juice and drink frequently, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Make sure to check on youth and elderly to make sure they have enough fluids.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increases metabolic heat.
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