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HEAT WAVE: People and pets find relief in Federal Way

Pacific residents Mark and Amanda Steele jump off the pier at Steel Lake Park on Wednesday morning in Federal Way. The weather was expected to hit a high of 101 degrees Wednesday. The heat wave will continue at least through the weekend. - Andy Hobbs/The Mirror
Pacific residents Mark and Amanda Steele jump off the pier at Steel Lake Park on Wednesday morning in Federal Way. The weather was expected to hit a high of 101 degrees Wednesday. The heat wave will continue at least through the weekend.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/The Mirror

With the mercury set to hit triple digits today, the region's heat wave had some folks seeking relief before lunchtime.

Mark and Amanda Steele were among the swimmers at Federal Way's Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the two Pacific residents were leaping and flipping from the pier into the cool water. Across the park, Federal Way resident Aimee Kwon played fetch with her Australian cattle dog, Cooper, who eagerly splashed through the water to retrieve a tossed branch. Kwon said her house was too hot, and so was her dog.

In addition, some outdoor events in Federal Way have been cancelled or rescheduled because of the hot weather. Check with event organizers for details before heading out.

City offers ‘cooling center’

In the event of a heat wave, vulnerable populations are encouraged to use the Federal Way Community Center as a “cooling center.” Heat waves are always of great concern for the elderly, the very young, or those with medical conditions that could lead to heat stroke or other problems.

The community center, located at 876 S. 333rd St., will be open as a cooling center for citizens of all ages during its regular operating hours 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Basic seating areas, water fountains and restrooms will be available at no cost. No pets are allowed, except for service animals. Day-use passes are available for purchase if people wish to use the pool, workout equipment or other amenities.

E-mail john.hutton@cityoffederalway.com or call (253) 835-6928.

Animals and heat

King County Animal Care and Control is reminding pet owners to take care of their pets during the heat wave this week.

Owners are reminded not to leave pets in cars. Not only can it kill the pets, but it can be grounds for animal cruelty charges. If you see a pet in a hot car, contact a security guard nearby. If no security is available, call 926-PETS.

Paws can also burn on hot pavement, and the skin on a dog's nose can sunburn, so be careful taking animals outside. Be sure animals have access to shade and lots of fresh water while playing outside.

It animals become overheated, apply cool water or cold towels to their head, neck and chest, then take animal to a vet.

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