Springfield opens 12 cooling centers including many library locations

Beat the heat and stay cool at locations around the city July 9, 10, and 11.

Springfield is opening cooling centers at 12 neighborhood locations July 9-11, 2019.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen R. Caulton-Harris announced the cooling centers at the following eight library locations:

  • Brightwood, 359 Plainfield St., Tuesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • East Forest Park, 122 Island Pond Road, Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • East Springfield, 21 Osborne Terrace, Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Forest Park, 380 Belmont Ave., Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Indian Orchard, 44 Oak St., Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Library Express at Pine Point, 204 Boston Road, Wednesday, 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Mason Square, 765 State St., Tuesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m.
  • Sixteen Acres, 1187 Parker St., Tuesday, 1 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Additional sites are:

  • Greenleaf Community Center, 1187 1/2 Parker St., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hungry Hill Senior Center, 773 Liberty St., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Riverview Center, 122 Clyde St., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Ave., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heat stress is a serious condition that poses a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly.  Heat stress places a strain on the body, and if the strain becomes too great, it can cause serious and permanent damage, even death. Preventive measures should be taken in order to avoid heat stress.

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
  • Stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine if air conditioning is not available.
  • Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities. Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.
  • Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tables unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much as possible.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

Keep your four legged friends safely and comfortably at home during the extreme heat. 

  • Never leave an animal in a parked car.  Car rides can quickly turn deadly as the inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in several minutes.
  • Bring outdoor animals into cooler areas of your home.  If they must stay outside, ensure they have protection from the sun.  A dog house does not provide relief or protection from the heat.  Access to plenty of shade and cool, potable water is critical to their well being.
  • Limit exercise to hours when the sun is down and take it easy or better yet, wait until the heat wave ends.  Pets are prone to heat exhaustion just like people.  In addition, hot asphalt can burn their feet.
  • Animals are susceptible to sunburn.  Be sure any topical sunscreen products you use are labeled for use on animals.

Sources: MassLive, City of Springfield Division of Health/Human Services