McLean's Best Places to Stay Cool
Also "cool" tips for pets.
Here are our favorite places to stay cool in McLean. Please let us know yours.
1. Dolley Madison Library. Our top choice. Very cool. Great view, soothing view of the woods. Comfortable chairs and desks. Lots of nooks where you can curl up. The comfy chair come with cup holders.
Especially the movie theaters: The crowds are now a little smaller for local showings of the summer blockbuster “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” Showtimes for Harry Potter and other movies at the AMC Tysons Corner.
Or just sit in the mall. There is a great sitting area just outside Macy's. Starbucks is adjacent. Just sip and people watch.
3. Safeway on Anderson Road. There are three Safeways in McLean. This is the one that is newly remodelled with a large sitting area, a Starbucks and great Wi-Fi.
4. Starbucks in Chesterbrook. This is McLean's best Starbucks. Cool temperatures. It's two levels, spacious and airy, not cramped like the one in downtown McLean.
Keeping Pets Cool
Pets should not be left outside on very hot, humid days. Even with shade and water, pets, like people, can overheat.
Fairfax County Police offer the following tips for pets:
- Never leave pets in a parked car. On a warm day, temperatures can rapidly rise to dangerous levels.
- Shade and water are vital to pets. Pet owners must provide adequate shelter protecting animals from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail, direct sunlight and adverse effects of heat or cold. A dog house in the backyard with no access to shade does not protect animals from sun.
- Limit exercise on hot days. Take care to adjust intensity and duration of exercise. Watch for shortness of breath and remember that asphalt gets very hot and can burn paws; walk your dog on the grass if possible.
- Recognize the symptoms of heatstroke. If your pet shows signs such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, fever, dizziness, restlessness, excessive thirst and profuse salivation, contact your veterinarian immediately. Take steps to reduce the animal’s body temperature; apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck and chest, provide water and ice cubes for hydration and move the animal into the shade or air-conditioning.
Be careful out there.