City Opens Cooling Centers

City Opens Cooling Centers

Centers open Thursday- Friday

 August 11, 2016, Lawrence, MA- Mayor Daniel Rivera announced that the City will be opening two “Cooling Centers” on Thursday, August 11th and Friday, August 12th in response to the anticipated record high temperatures. “It’s really hot out there. Be safe. Stay hydrated and if you’re looking for a cool place to go and relax, please consider coming down to one of the cooling centers,” said Mayor Rivera.

 Lawrence Senior Center

Located at 155 Haverhill Street, Senior Center Director Martha Velez and her staff are ready to accommodate additional city residents who are looking to find relief from the heat today and tomorrow. The Lawrence Senior Center will be open from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 Oasis Senior Day Care

Located at 120 Broadway in Lawrence. Oasis will be joining the city in this effort and will be opening to the public, offering water and a cool place to go. Oasis will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is free to the public. Residents who go to Oasis Senior Day Care will be asked to sign in.

 Lawrence Spray Park at the Point

Located at 168 Newbury Street, the Lawrence Spray Park will be open from 10AM-9PM.

 State Pools

Geisler Memorial Swimming Pool at 50 High St. and the Lt. Colonel Edward J. Higgins Swimming Pool at 180 Crawford St., are scheduled to be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 Extreme Heat Safety Tips (via Mass.gov)

**For full details, visit: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/heat/ **

 What is Extreme Heat?

 Extreme heat is generally defined as a prolonged period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. In Massachusetts, a “heat wave” is usually defined as a period of three or more consecutive days above 90 °F.

 During Extreme Heat:

  •  Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight, and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time.
  • If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun. Use fans to stay cool and avoid using your stove and oven. Consider spending time in air-conditioned public spaces, such as schools, libraries, theaters, and other community facilities.
  • If there are power outages during warm weather, you may need to take additional precautions or go to a cooling center or emergency shelter to stay cool.
  • Know the symptoms of and watch out for heat-related illnesses. Call 9-1-1 to report emergencies.
  • Be a good neighbor. Check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions, those who may need additional assistance, and those who may not have air conditioning.