High heat index: Memphis opens cooling centers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

High heat index: Memphis opens cooling centers

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

The city of Memphis is opening three cooling centers this weekend due to the high heat index.

The following centers will be open until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday:

  • Orange Mound Community Center, 2572 Park, Ave. 38111, 576-6878
  • Raleigh Community Center, 3678 Powers, 38128, 372-2085
  • Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland, 38116, 332-0783

MATA will provide transportation to community center sites. To arrange, call 901-636-2525.

The city of Memphis also encourages citizens to find relief from the heat at malls, shopping centers, libraries and community centers that are open during normal business hours.

These health precautions are recommended to avoid dehydration, heat-related illnesses or more severe consequences, especially among vulnerable populations such as the elderly and young children.

  • Drink non-alcoholic and caffeine-free liquids, such as water and juices. 
  • Be aware of those at high risk, such as the elderly and infants - check on elderly parents, relatives, acquaintances, and neighbors as often as possible.
  • Do not leave infants, children, the elderly, or pets unattended in a parked car (even if the windows are down or the air conditioning is on) or any other hot environment.
  • Plan to exercise and do other strenuous activities early or late in the day when it is cooler or utilize air-conditioned facilities.
  • Use an umbrella, hat, or sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and wear loose-fitting and light clothing to help heat escape away from your body. Rest frequently in a shady area.
  • Ask your physician whether you are at particular risk because of medication. 
  • Remember to leave fresh water in the bowl for pets kept outdoors and provide as much shade as possible. Change the water frequently to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

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