City of Tukwila Emergency Management
15005 Tukwila International Blvd
Tukwila, WA 98188
Phone: 206 971-8750
Extreme heat is dangerous because it can push your body temperature beyond its limits. If your body can’t cool itself fast enough, permanent damage or even death can occur. When there’s a heat risk in Tukwila, the National Weather Service in Seattle issues alerts.
While elderly people, people with disabilities, young children, those who are sick, live alone or are overweight are more likely to become victims of excessive heat, the effects of heat can quickly overcome the healthiest people, especially if they perform strenuous work during the warmest parts of the day. Symptoms of dehydration and heat illness may not be easily recognized.
During Extreme Heat
- Do your best to stay cool.
- Go to air-conditioned places like a library, community center, or mall.
- Stay out of the sun as much as possible. Wear a hat when you have to be in the sun and take breaks often.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors.
- DO NOT leave pets outside or in a car.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Avoid drinking alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Stay informed about weather conditions.
Heat Exhaustion vs. Heat Risk
Children under four, adults over 65, and people who are overweight or ill are especially at risk for related illnesses. Here’s how you can recognize heat-related illness and what you should do.