The following is a list of locations typically opened in Snohomish County when the temperatures rise so that the public has a safe place to cool off. Please call 425.339.8634 for specific information.
- Arlington, Stillaguamish Senior Center, 18308 Smokey Point Blvd, Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm
- Brier, Brier Library, 23303 Brier Road, Tue-Wed: 11am-7pm; Thu-Sat:10am-6pm
- Darrington, Darrington Library, 1005 Cascade Street, Mon & Wed: 11am-7pm; Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat: 10am-6pm; closed Sundays & holidays
- Edmonds, Edmonds Library, 650 Main Street, Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri: 9am-6pm; Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 1-5pm
- Everett, Carl Gipson Senior Center, 3025 Lombard, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm; Wed 8:30am-8pm; Sat 8:30am-4pm; closed Sundays
- Everett, Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 11am - 6pm
- Everett, Everett Public Library Evergreen, 9512 Evergreen Way, Mon: 10am-6pm, Tue-Wed: 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, and Sun: 1-5pm
- Everett, Everett Public Library Main Branch, 2702 Hoyt, Mon-Wed: 10am-8pm, Thu-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-5pm, and Sun: 1pm-5pm
- Everett, Everett Station Lobby, 3201 Smith Avenue, 7 days a week from 7am-9pm
- Lake Stevens, Lake Stevens Senior, 3202 Soper Hill Road, 9am-4pm Mon-Fri; closed holidays
- Lynnwood, Lynnwood Library, 19200 44th Ave W, Mon-Thu: 9am-9pm; Fri-Sun: 10am-6pm
- Marysville, Marysville Library, 6120 Grove, Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 1-5pm
- Mill Creek, Mill Creek City Hall, 15728 Main Street, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm; Sat 10am-5pm
- Monroe, Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Mon-Fri 8am-4pm
- Monroe, Monroe Library, 1070 Village Way, M-Thur: 8am-8pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun 1-5pm
- Mountlake Terrace, Mountlake Terrace Library, 23300 - 58th Ave W., Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat.: 10am-6pm; Sun 1-5 pm
- Mukilteo, Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mon-Thu 7:30am-5pm; Fri 7:30am-4:30pm
- Mukilteo, Rose Hill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Avenue, Mon-Fri 6:30am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 9am-4pm
- Snohomish, Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Avenue, Mon-Thu: 9am-8pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun: 1-5 pm
- Stanwood, Stanwood Senior Center, 7430 276th Street NW, 9-4 Mon-Fri; closed July 4 and September 3
- Sultan, Sultan Library, 319 Main Street, #100, Mon & Tue: 11am-7pm; Wed-Sat: 10am-6pm
Power outages can cause a number of safety concerns; knowing the following information can help.
Before a power outage
- Register life-sustaining and medical equipment with your utility company.
- Consider buying a generator. When installing a generator, follow the instructions carefully. Keep your generator outside and run a cord inside. Don't connect your generator to main service panels—it's dangerous! Be sure to place a carbon monoxide detector indoors.
- Make sure your disaster preparedness kit contains light sticks, flashlights, a battery-powered radio with extra batteries and a wind-up clock.
- Have a safe alternative heat source and supply of fuel. Never burn charcoal or use a generator indoors.
- If you own an electric garage door opener, know how to open the door without power.
During a power outage
- Turn off lights and electrical appliances except for the refrigerator and freezer.
- Even if it is dark, turn light switches and buttons on lamps or appliances to the “off” position.
- Unplug computers and other sensitive equipment to protect them from possible surges when the power is restored.
- Leave one lamp on so you will know when power is restored. Wait at least 15 minutes after power is restored before turning on other appliances.
- Conserve water, especially if you use well water.
- Never use gas ovens, gas ranges, barbecues or portable or propane heaters for indoor heating—they use oxygen and create carbon monoxide that can cause suffocation.
- Candles can cause a fire. It's far better to use battery-operated flashlights or glow sticks for lighting.
- Using a kerosene heater, gas lantern or stove inside the house can be dangerous. Maintain proper ventilation at all times to avoid a build up of toxic fumes, and be sure to have a carbon monoxide detector.
- Stay away from downed power lines and sagging trees with broken limbs.
Keep food safe
- Use and store food carefully to prevent foodborne illness when power outages make refrigeration unavailable.
- Use foods first that can spoil most rapidly.
- Keep doors to refrigerators and freezers closed. Your refrigerator's freezer will keep food frozen for up to a day. A separate fully-loaded freezer will keep food frozen for two days.
- Use an ice chest packed with ice or snow to keep food cold. Buy dry ice to save frozen food. Do not handle dry ice with your bare hands. Use blocks or bags of ice to save refrigerator foods.
- Use caution if storing food outside during winter to keep it cold. The outside temperature varies, especially in the sun. Frozen food may thaw and refrigerator food may become warm enough to grow bacteria. Food stored outside must be secured from contamination by animals.
- If in doubt, throw it out. Throw out meat, seafood, dairy products and cooked food that does not feel cold.
- Never taste suspect food. Even if food looks and smells fine, illness-causing bacteria may be present.
It is important to follow proper health and safety precautions when returning home or cleaning up after a flood. For tips and resources, please review our Cleaning Up After a Flood guide.