Protect yourself from extreme heat, find a cooling center near you

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield will have seven cooling centers open Wednesday and Thursday for community members to stay out of the hot weather and avoid heat related illnesses.

Wednesday and Thursday highs will be very warm near 90, with the humidity still high. Skies will be mostly sunny.

“I wanted to make sure that I can continue to provide for my residents whether young and old,” said Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The focus is on the elderly who may not have a place to stay cool during this heat. Loss of appetite, lack of energy and cramps are signs that you are losing the battle against heat and should either get into a cool building or call 911.

Cooling Center Sites:

  • Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center
    • 1476 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01109
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Kenefick Park
    • 310 Plainfield St., Springfield, MA 01107
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Mason Square Library Community Room
    • 765 State Street, Springfield, MA 01109
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Hungry Hill Senior Center
    • 773 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01104
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Myrtle Street Park
    • 111 Main St., Springfield, MA 01151
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Clodo Concepcion (Greenleaf) Community Center
    • 1187 ½ Parker St., Springfield, MA 01129
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • South End Community Center
    • 99 Marble St., Springfield, MA 01105
    • 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

7 Day Forecast

The Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno shared the following tips to protect yourself from the hot weather:

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals.  Avoid using salt tables unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day.  Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Keep your four legged friends safely and comfortably at home during the extreme heat. 

  • Never leave an animal in a parked car.  Car rides can quickly turn deadly as the inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in several minutes.
  • Bring outdoor animals into cooler areas of your home.  If they must stay outside, ensure they have protection from the sun.  A dog house does not provide relief or protection from the heat.  Access to plenty of shade and cool potable water is critical to their well-being.
  • Limit exercise to hours when the sun is down and take it easy or better yet, wait until the heat wave ends.  Pets are prone to heat exhaustion just like people.  In addition, hot asphalt can burn their feet.
  • Animals are susceptible to sunburn.  Be sure any topical sunscreen products you use are labeled for use on animals.

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