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Mayor Sarno and City Officials Announce Cooling Centers and Additional Ways for Residents to Stay Cool and Safe During Heat Wave

Monday, July 2, 2018

 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Helen R. Caulton-Harris, announced today that the City of Springfield will open Cooling Centers in the City from Tuesday, July 3rd to Thursday, July 5th 2018. During a press conference at City Hall, officials also including Police Commissioner John Barbieri, Fire Commissioner Bernard Calvi, Chief of Staff Denise Jordan, Director of Public Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Tony Pettaway, Assistant Director of Parks, Recreation and Building Management Peter Krupczak, Emergency Preparedness Director Bob Hassett and Dave Pelletier, Regional Manager for American Medical Response of Massachusetts, shared safety precautions and the City’s efforts to make sure our residents have options to stay cool and comfortable during the heat wave.

 

They announced the following Cooling Center sites are open:

 

Libraries

Address

Days and Hours

 

 

 

Brightwood

359 Plainfield St.

Tuesday, 1pm – 8pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 5pm

Thursday, 1pm – 8pm

 

East Forest Park

122 Island Pond Rd

Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 8pm

Thursday, 1pm – 8pm

 

East Springfield

21 Osborne Terr

Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 8pm

Thursday, 1pm – 5pm

 

Forest Park

380 Belmont Ave.

Tuesday, 10am – 5pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 5pm

Thursday, 1pm – 8pm

 

Indian Orchard

 

 

 

Library Express at Pine Point

44 Oak St.

 

 

 

204 Boston Rd.

Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 8pm

Thursday, 1pm – 5pm

 

Wednesday, 1pm - 6pm

 

Mason Square

765 State Street.

Tuesday, 1pm – 5pm

Wednesday, 10am - 5pm

Thursday, 1pm – 8pm

 

 

 

Sixteen Acres

1187 Parker St.

Tuesday, 1pm – 8pm

Wednesday, 1pm - 5pm

Thursday, 10am – 5pm

Additional Site:

 

 

Clodo Concepcion Center

 

 

 

Hungry Hill Senior Center

1187 1/2 Parker St.

 

 

 

773 Liberty Street

Tuesday, 9am – 8pm

Wednesday, 9am - 8pm

Thursday, 9am – 8pm

 

Tuesday, 9am – 4pm

Wednesday, 9am - 4pm

Thursday, 9am – 4pm

 

Riverview Center

 

Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center

122 Clyde Street

 

1476 Roosevelt Ave.

Tuesday, 9am – 4pm

Wednesday, 9am - 4pm

Thursday, 9am – 4pm

 

Tuesday, 9am – 4pm

Wednesday, 9am - 4pm

Thursday, 9am – 4pm

Libraries

Address

Days and Hours

 

 

 

 

 

Brightwood

359 Plainfield St.

Friday, 9am - 5pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

East Forest Park

122 Island Pond Rd

Friday, 10am - 5pm

Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

East Springfield

21 Osborne Terr

Friday, 1pm - 5pm

Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

Forest Park

380 Belmont Ave.

Friday, 1pm - 5pm

Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

Indian Orchard

 

Library Express at Pine Point

44 Oak St.

 

204 Boston Rd.

Friday, 1pm - 5pm

Saturday, 11am -3pm

Monday, 10am – 5pm

 

Friday, 1pm – 5p

Monday, 1pm - 5pm

 

 

Mason Square

765 State Street.

Friday, 1pm - 5pm

Saturday, 11am - 3pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

 

 

Sixteen Acres

1187 Parker St.

Friday, 1pm - 5pm

Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Monday, 1pm – 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Site:

 

 

 

Clodo Concepcion Center

 

Hungry Hill Senior Center

1187 1/2 Parker St.

 

773 Liberty Street

 

 

 

Friday, 9am - 8pm

Saturday, 9am - 8pm

Sunday, 9am – 8pm

 

Friday, 8am - 4pm

Saturday, 9am – 8pm

Sunday, 9am – 8pm

 

 

Raymond A. Jordan Senior Center

 

 

 

Riverview Center

1476 Roosevelt Ave.

 

 

 

122 Clyde Street

Friday, 8am – 4pm

Saturday, 9am – 8pm

Sunday, 9am – 8pm

Monday, 9am – 4pm

 

Saturday, 9am – 5pm

Sunday, 9am – 5pm

 

Brookings School

433 Walnut Street

Tuesday 9am – 8pm

Wednesday 9 am – 8pm

Thursday 9 am – 8 pm

 

 

 

In addition to Cooling Centers, the following spray park sites are currently open:

 

Calhoun

Emerson Wight

Emily Bill

Hubbard

Jaime Ulloa

Kenefick

Magazine

Marshal Roy

Mary Troy

Nathan Bill

Yollie Nahorniak

Rebecca Johnson

Ruth Elizabeth

Van Horn

 

The following spray park sites are currently under renovation and will be opening as follows:

 

Barrows Spray Park - July 5th

Adams Spray Park - July 11th

Forest Park - July 20th

 

City pools are open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pool locations can be found here.

 

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “It is very important in extreme weather conditions that we afford those in need of assistance, especially our seniors and those dealing with medical challenges, these relief accommodations.”

 

“The Springfield Police Department urges you to stay hydrated and be a good neighbor.  If you have elderly neighbors please check on them.  Police Officers will be keeping an eye out for people who are showing signs of dehydration including our homeless population.  Also, if you spot anyone locked in a hot car from a child to adult to a dog, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 as seconds matter when it is this hot outside,” added Police Commissioner John Barbieri. 

 

“In the extreme heat, it is not uncommon for the electrical grid to become overwhelmed by an increase in utility use and power extensions. The Springfield Fire Department urges our residents to avoid using power extensions when possible and plug devices like air conditioners directly into the wall,” said Fire Commissioner BJ Calvi. “Additionally in the hot weather, dry vegetation poses an increased fire risk. Use caution when putting out cigarettes and disposing of matches to avoid these types of accidental fires.”

 

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.

Certain medical conditions and prescription drugs can make you more vulnerable you more vulnerable to heat stress. Those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, a weak or damaged heart, infection or fever, diarrhea, problems with circulation, skin diseases, sunburn, those who are overweight, or who have had a previous stroke are at a greater risk of falling victim to heat stress.  In addition, those who take medication for sleeplessness, high blood pressure, nervousness, depression, or poor circulation are also more susceptible to heat stress. If you fall into either of these categories, consult your doctor of pharmacist for advice.

Loss of appetite, lack of energy, fainting, and cramps are signs that you are losing the battle against heat.  Take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.

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 wellbeing.
  • 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.

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