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Posted on: July 5, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Cooling Center & Tips to Stay Cool

cooling center hours and tips to stay cool

The Town of Madison is opening the Cooling Center Wednesday, July 5th from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Thursday, July 6th from 8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. The Cooling Center is located at the Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Road.

The governor’s office has provided the following tips to help all residents stay cool:

  • Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. If you must be outdoors, try to limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening. Try to rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool off.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter. (Call 2-1-1 for a list of cooling centers.) Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk several times a day.
  • Pets that cannot be brought indoors should be provided with ready access to water and shade to keep them cool.

Everyone is also reminded to stay hydrated during periods of extreme heat. Because bodies lose fluid through sweat, dehydration is common while experiencing very high temperatures. It is strongly encouraged to:

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

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