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Cooling Centers Info For Extreme Heat Events

In addition to the City pools in Wheelock Park and Robin Hood Park (, there are a number of air-conditioned spaces open to the public in Keene during various daytime hours for those who need a place to cool down in extreme heat conditions. At present, this includes:

- The Keene Public Library (60 Winter Street,

- The Keene Family YMCA (200 Summit Road,

- Our Lady Of Mercy Academy (161 Main Street, Tues/Wed/Thu 10AM-2PM,

- St. James' Episcopal Church (44 West Street, Tues/Wed/Thu/Fri 10AM-2PM,

Please take measures to prevent heat-related illness, and take a moment to check on elderly and vulnerable friends and neighbors.

Things that you can do to help prevent heat-related injury:

  1. Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
  2. Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  3. Take frequent cool showers or baths.
  4. Stay out of the sun; wide-brimmed hats can be worn to minimize direct sun exposure.
  5. Limit outdoor activity and avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
  6. Stay hydrated – regularly drink water; avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks.
  7. Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruits or salads.
  8. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
  9. Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help during this period of excessive heat.
  10. Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.
  11. Be aware that prescription medications may affect your heat tolerance. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure.

CDC Heat Related Illness Infographic

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