Updated Cooling Center Locations | Environment
Susan Savage, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature, warns Schenectady County residents to take precautions during the coming days of high temperatures.
Temperatures are expected in the 90’s until Friday, July 9, 2010 and the National Weather Service has issued an Air Quality Alert in effect from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. today (Tuesday).
Cooling centers have been set up around the county to help residents stay safe and cool off. Read the full story for a list of locations.
“It is important that all of our residents, especially our seniors, take precautions during these hot summer days,” said Chair Savage. “I urge everyone to drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun if possible. Stay in an air conditioned room or keep your rooms well-ventilated with windows open and fans on. Residents can also visit an air conditioned store, area mall, movie theater, or a Schenectady County Library branch.”
Schenectady County Library branches are acting as cooling centers and the following local town senior centers are open:
Duanesburg Area Community Center
221 Victoria Drive
Hours: 5:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Glenville Senior Center
32 Worden Rd
Normal Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
If assistance needed after normal closing time, contact Glenville Police
Niskayuna Community Center
2682 Aqueduct Rd
Normal Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Rotterdam Town Senior Center
2639 Hamburg Street
Normal Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
99 Clinton Street
Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Schenectady County Office of Emergency Management also offers the following quick heat-beating tips:
- If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head.
- Use an air conditioner if you have one. Set the thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, keep rooms well-ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider going to a public pool, air-conditioned store, mall, movie theater or Library.
- Fans work best at night, when they can bring in cooler air from outside.
- Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with special needs. Many older New Yorkers live alone and could suffer unnecessarily in the heat because they are isolated from friends and family.
- Seniors and others who may be sensitive to extreme heat should contact friends, neighbors, or relatives at least twice a day during a heat wave.
- Drink fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty.* Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible.
- Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
- Never leave pets outside for extended periods of time. Ensure pets have an ample supply of water.
- Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you must engage in strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- Cool showers or baths may be helpful, but avoid extreme temperature changes. Never take a shower immediately after becoming overheated – extreme temperature changes may make you ill, nauseated, or dizzy.
- During heat emergencies, cooling centers may be opened, listen to TV and radio news.
*People with heart, kidney or liver disease or on fluid restricted diets should check with their doctors before increasing fluid intake.