Lexington to open cooling centers in three locations to help residents battle against the heat wave

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With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90s, and the heat index well over 100 degrees this week, Lexington officials plan to open multiple cooling centers.

The Dunbar Community Center, 545 North Upper St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, July 20-21, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Saturday, July 22.

Rooms at Picadome, 469 Parkway Drive, and Tates Creek, 1400 Gainesway Drive, will be open from 7 a.m. to dark, Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22.

Residents are invited to come to any of the three locations to cool off, said Monica Conrad, Director of Lexington Parks & Recreation.

LexTran is offering free rides to Lexington residents who need a ride to any of the three cooling centers. Citizens should tell the bus driver they are traveling to a cooling center.

During the high temperatures, admission to all Parks & Recreation pools will be half price Wednesday – Saturday.

For more information concerning high temperatures, please visit www.lexingtonky.gov.

To prevent heat related injuries or illness do the following:

• Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps

• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

• Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

From Lexingtonky.gov

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