In addition to the City pools in Wheelock Park and Robin Hood Park (KeeneParks.com), 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, KeenePublicLibrary.org)
- The Keene Family YMCA (200 Summit Road, KeeneYMCA.org)
- Our Lady Of Mercy Academy (161 Main Street, Tues/Wed/Thu 10AM-2PM, MercyAcademyKeene.org)
- St. James' Episcopal Church (44 West Street, Tues/Wed/Thu/Fri 10AM-2PM, STJamesKeene.com)
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:
- Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations such as malls and libraries.
- Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
- Take frequent cool showers or baths.
- Stay out of the sun; wide-brimmed hats can be worn to minimize direct sun exposure.
- Limit outdoor activity and avoid strenuous outdoor activity.
- Stay hydrated – regularly drink water; avoid alcoholic or caffeinated drinks.
- Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruits or salads.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing.
- Check on older, sick or frail people who may need help during this period of excessive heat.
- Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.
- Be aware that prescription medications may affect your heat tolerance. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure.