Arlington community opening cooling stations

ARLINGTON — The city of Arlington, in partnership with Cascade Valley Hospital, the Stillaguamish Senior Center, and Olympic Place Retirement Center announces three air-conditioned locations that will be opened to all ages to help beat the heat.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Senior Center is located at 18308 Smokey Point Boulevard.

Cascade Valley Hospital Café will be open from noon – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The Café is located on the second floor of the hospital and will have free ice water available. Cascade Valley Hospital is located at 330 S. Stillaguamish.

Olympic Place Retirement & Senior Living Community will also be open Thursday and Friday as a cooling station. Olympic Place is located at 20909 Olympic Place.

Here are some additional tips to help beat the heat:

Stay Cool

Stay indoors as much as possible in an air conditioned environment

Cover windows that receive morning and afternoon sunshine

Wear light-weight clothing

Check-up on relatives and neighbors that are elderly or have special needs

Drink Liquids

Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic/non-caffeinated fluids

Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink

If You Go Outside

Limit your exposure to sunlight or wait until the morning/evening hours

Use sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating if you plan to be outside and reapply often (every 2 hours)

Never leave children or pets in a vehicle – even with the windows rolled down

If you’re headed to the Stillaguamish River to float or boat, don’t forget to wear your life jacket.

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