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Jackson-area cooling centers, tips for staying safe in extreme heat

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-21 09:10:43-04

As the temperatures are expected to be in the 90s in the Jackson-area over the next couple days, the Jackson County Office of the Sheriff wants to ensure residents stay safe during this extreme heat.

In hot weather, people can experience serious health effects like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.

“It’s a good reminder as stretches of extreme weather roll through, the main thing to do is stay hydrated and moderate your activity,” Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said. “You can’t do the same amount of strenuous activity in a high heat index as you normally can.”

Sheriff Steve Rand provides these tips for to ensure residents are prepared and safe during the the hot weather.

Stay cool

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Contact Central Michigan 211 by calling 211 or www.centralmichigan211.org to locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough water.

Stay informed

  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.

There are also cooling centers throughout the area to ensure residents who may not have access to AC or other means stay cool during the weather.

  • Lifeways - 1200 N. West Ave
  • City of Jackson Recreation Department-Boos Recreation Center - 210 Gilbert St
  • City of Jackson Recreation Department-King Community Center – 1107 Adrian St
  • Drop-In-Center - 1009 W. Mich. Ave
  • Village of Spring Meadows - 3501 County Farm Rd
  • Napoleon Twp. Hall - 6755 Brooklyn Rd
  • Jackson College - All locations
  • Jackson County Dept on Aging – 1715 Lansing Ave
  • Jackson Area Transportation Authority – 127 West Cortland St