Special to the Daily World
Mayor Kasim Reed, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD), Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) and the Mayor's Office of Constituent Services announced today that five cooling stations are open today through this weekend to ensure that Atlanta's residents have a safe place to stay cool during the heat wave. Residents, especially senior citizens, are strongly advised to take advantage of these cooling stations if needed.
Cooling stations are open until 6 p.m. and will be open on the weekend from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a possible opening on Monday depending on the weather conditions.
The cooling stations are located at city-wide recreation center, including Adamsville, J. C. Burdine, Dunbar, Georgia Hill, and Rosel Fann.
To keep cool limit exposure to the sun; dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible; familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm ; avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks; never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles, and make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.