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UPDATE: University Place Residents Can Escape The Heat At The Library

Here are some places you and your pets can go to escape the heat. Where will you go?

In anticipation of the on Thursday and Friday, Pierce County is offering some ideas for folks to escape the heat.

Residents can also seek relief from the heat by visiting local malls, restaurants, theaters, libraries and other air-conditioned facilities in local neighborhoods.

In University Place, residents can head to a couple of nearby cooling spots:

  • Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, 8:30am-5pm Thursday and Friday
  • Steilacoom Community Center, 2301 Worthington St, 9:00 am-8:00 pm Thursday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm Friday

Although anyone can suffer from heat-related illness at any time, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on neighbors and family members, particularly infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill.

Pets may also suffer from symptoms of excessive heat exposure. Do not leave pets unattended in a parked car for any period of time. If you believe your pet may be experiencing symptoms of heat exposure call your veterinarian and seek assistance.

The following locations allow people and their domesticated pets to come in and get out of the heat. Pets need to be on a leash or in a crate and owners must provide water if they plan on being in the store for long periods of time.

• Lowes – 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (all Lowes in Pierce County)
• PetSmart (all) – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
• VCA Animal Hospital (10324 Pacific Ave. S in Tacoma) – open 24 hrs/day

For additional information regarding hot weather personal safety, visit Tacoma Pierce County Health Department website www.tpchd.org/news.php?nid=693.

What are some other ideas to beat the heat? Tell us in the comments section.

Musique August 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM
My dog does not drink much water when hot, so I put her in the bath tub with cool water till she is soaked. I let her shake but I don't dry her off. She licks the water off and she feels much better every time.
Mary Ann Greenfield August 16, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Narrows Plaza Bowl has it air conditioning going full blast. Come in and enjoy the coolness. Great salads and other food. Lots of ice cold drinks.
Howard and Barbara Lee August 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Mary Ann is right...the food is great and so is the service! Go there and cool off!
Brent Champaco August 16, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Absolutely. And Narrows Plaza Bowl is actually fun! Staying cool and having fun? What else do you need? Thanks Mary Ann.
Brent Champaco August 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Talk about a cool bath. You're absolutely correct. Keep your pets cool as well!
Dan August 16, 2012 at 06:28 PM
(I have been known to do that myself. I don't lick the water off though.) The best place to cool off is in an icy, air-conditioned movie theater.
Christie Anderson August 16, 2012 at 08:40 PM
LOL @ Dan!
Dave Matzen August 16, 2012 at 10:04 PM
What else they need??? Cold beer.
Brent Champaco August 16, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@Dave I like it!

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