Cleveland: City cooling centers offer shelter from heat

10:47 PM, Jul 4, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- With forecasters predicting temperatures above 90 degrees, the City of Cleveland has activated its heat preparedness plan.

City of Cleveland residents can beat the heat in any of the 12 designated recreation centers from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

They are: Alta House at 12510 Mayfield Road; Clark Recreation Center at 5706 Clark Avenue; Collinwood Recreation Center at 16300 Lakeshore Boulevard; Earle B. Turner at 11300 Miles Avenue;

Fairfax Recreation Center at 2335 East 82nd Street; Gunning Park Recreation Center at 16700 Puritas Avenue; Halloran Recreation Center at 3550 West 117th Street;

Kenneth L. Johnson at 9206 Woodland Avenue; John F. Kennedy Recreation Center at 17300 Harvard Avenue; Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center at 8611 Hough Avenue; Zelma Watson George Recreation Center at 3155 MLK; and Michael Zone Recreation Center at 6301 Lorain Avenue.

In addition, city outdoor pools, which normally are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays unless temperatures reach and/or exceed 85 degrees, are open today from noon to 8 p.m.

City of Cleveland Seniors will receive a message today through the City's Wide Area Rapid Notification system, advising them on how to keep cool in the heat.

The city also encourages residents to take the following precautions:

All residents can keep cool by following these important tips

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar-these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library-even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air- conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: • Infants and young children; • People aged 65 or older; • People who have a mental illness; an with heart disease or high blood pressure.
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat also keeps you cooler
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching
  • Limit your outdoor activity and cut down on exercise.
  • If you must exercise, drink two to four nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minimize the loss of water through sweating. Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.


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