• Beat The Heat!: Detroit Opens Cooling Centers Today Because Of Extreme Heat

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    The city of Detroit opens up two cooling centers for people looking to beat the heat. The cooling centers are critical for people during extreme heat waves.

    Doctors say when temperatures rise above 90 degrees everyone is at risk of heat related illnesses especially the elderly and very young.

    Signs of heat related illnesses include headaches, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion and pale of flushed skin.

    The American Red Cross has several tips you can use if you think you or a loved one is suffering from a heat related illness.

    First move the victim to a cool place. Next give them cool water to drink. Apply ice packs or cool wet clothes to the skin and if a person refuses water, gets sick or loses consciousness call 9-1-1 immediately.

    To prevent heat illnesses you should stay indoors if possible. Relax in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning go to a public place with air conditioning. If outside, stay in the shade.

    Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which will dehydrate the body.

    Wear light-colored clothing. (Avoid wearing black clothes, especially if you’re in direct sunlight.) Loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects away the heat. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

    Never leave a person, especially children or the elderly or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can increase to 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

    Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must work outside, take frequent breaks.

    Visit persons at risk twice daily and watch them for signs of heat illness.

    Speak with your doctor about any medications you are taking to learn if they may interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature.

    Do not use salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

    Here’s a list of the cooling centers and public libraries now open to the public during this extreme heat.

    Joseph Walker Williams Center. 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit. Open Monday thru Friday from 10am to 6pm. Phone number is 313-628-2039.

    The Coleman A. Young Recreation Center on 2751 Robert Bradby Drive in Detroit. The facility is open Monday thru Friday from 12pm to 8pm. Phone number is 313-628-2039.

    Public Libraries open in Detroit.

    Main Library
    (313) 481-1300
    5201 Woodward Avenue/Warren
    T, W: 12:00-8:00
    Th, F, Sa: 10:00-6:00

    Campbell Branch
    (313) 481-1550
    8733 W. Vernor
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Chandler Park Branch
    (313) 481-1560
    12800 Harper/Dickerson
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Chaney Branch
    (313) 481-1570
    16101 Grand River/Greenfield
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Chase Branch
    (313) 481-1580
    17731 W. Seven M./Southfield
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Conely Branch
    (313) 481-1590
    4600 Martin/Michigan
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Edison Branch
    (313) 481-1720
    18400 Joy Rd./Southfield
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Elmwood Park Branch
    (313) 481-1730
    550 Chene/Lafayette
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Franklin Branch
    (313) 481-1740
    13651 E. McNichols/Gratiot
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Hubbard Branch
    (313) 481-1750
    12929 W. McNichols/J. Couzens
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Jefferson Branch
    (313) 481-1760
    12350 E. Outer Drive/E. Warren
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Knapp Branch
    (313) 481-1770
    13330 Conant/E. Davison
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Mark Twain Annex
    (313) 481-1790
    Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
    4741 Iroquois
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Parkman Branch
    (313) 481-1810
    1766 Oakman Blvd./Linwood
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Redford Branch
    (313) 481-1820
    21200 Grand River/W. McNichols
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    Sherwood Forest Branch
    (313) 481-1840
    7117 W. Seven Mile/Livernois
    M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
    T, Th: 12:00-8:00

    Skillman Branch
    (313) 481-1850
    121 Gratiot / Library
    M, T, W, Th, F: 10:00-6:00

    Wilder Branch
    (313) 481-1870
    7140 E. Seven Mile/Van Dyke
    T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
    M, W: 12:00-8:00

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE DETROIT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROMOTION OFFICE OF EMERGENCY AND PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS at 313-876-4300

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