ROCHESTER — City Manager Blaine Cox announces that the City of Rochester will open a cooling station at City Hall to provide residents respite from expected extreme heat.
The City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the city’s pools will be open both days. The Hanson Pines pool will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, while the East Rochester and Gonic pools will be open from noon to 4 p.m. both days.
“This weekend will be extraordinarily hot, so I encourage all of our residents to take steps to stay cool and safe,” City Manager Cox said. “Anyone who thinks they need a break from the heat should take advantage of the chance to visit the cooling station or one of the pools.”
The National Weather Service is expecting temperatures to reach into the high 90’s this weekend in Rochester.
To prevent illness and injuries, the City of Rochester recommends the following safety tips from the American Red Cross and National Safety Council:
Heat Safety Tips:
- Hot cars can be deadly. Never leave children or pets in your vehicle. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach over 100 degrees, even on a 70 degree day.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, like water.
- Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.
- If someone doesn’t have air conditioning, they should seek relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day in places like libraries, theaters, malls, etc.
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
- Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day, which is typically around 3 p.m.
- Postpone outdoor games and activities if the temperature is too hot.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes.
- Take frequent breaks if working outdoors.
- Check on animals frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Make sure they have plenty of cool water.
- Learn to recognize and treat heat illnesses.
Tips for Parents:
- Limit playtime at peak sun exposure time and familiarize yourself with the signs of heat illnesses.
- Avoid burns. If playground equipment is hot to the touch, it is too hot for your child’s bare skin.