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County Offers Places to Stay Cool When It’s Hot

8/19/2019

As temperatures continue to soar, Mecklenburg County has taken steps to make sure that all residents remain safe and are able to seek relief from the heat.

The County has designated more than 50 County facilities that are currently open to the public to get cool.

Locations:

 

Residents and visitors will have access to these facilities during regular business hours. Please click the links above for facility hours and locations.

Stay safe by following these important tips:

  • Check on the elderly and do it frequently. Ensure that those 65 years of age and older are cool and safe from exposure to high temperatures. They are less likely to sense and respond to temperature changes and those on certain medications or with chronic illnesses are most vulnerable.
  • If you cannot be in an air-conditioned environment, keep air circulating with fans and adjust blinds and window shades to reduce heat from the sun. Shut off all non-essential lights and appliances. Electric fans can provide some comfort, but with temperatures in the mid-90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a better way to cool off.
  • Never leave a child or pet unattended in a car during hot weather, even with the windows open. Temperatures can reach lethal levels within minutes.
  • Drink plenty of water (at least 8-10 glasses a day, more if you are working or exercising in a hot environment) to maintain good hydration. Carry water or juice with you and drink often, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Do NOT drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. These can actually cause you to lose more body fluid.
  • When entering a vehicle, protect children from hot parts such as seat belts and metal clips.
  • Carry a towel to place under children from protection from burns. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. If you must be outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen. In addition to very real concerns about skin cancer, sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluid.
  • Make sure to keep your activity to a minimum during the hottest part of the day.
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