JACKSON, Mich. — With temperatures above 90 degrees expected to reach the Jackson area over the next several days, the Jackson County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security is encouraging citizens to be extra cautious when outside for extended periods of time. Citizens are encouraged to take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Here are some tips to help you prepare and stay safe.
• Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
• 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.
• 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.
• Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
• Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.
To locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area contact Central Michigan 211 by calling 211 or www.centralmichigan211.org
The following cooling centers will be open (hours vary by location):
Lifeways - 1200 N. West Ave. – 789-1200
The Salvation Army – 806 Pearl St. – 788-4064
City of Jackson Recreation Department-Boos Recreation Center - 210 Gilbert St. – 788-4064
City of Jackson Recreation Department-King Community Center – 1107 Adrian St. – 788-4067
Jackson Interfaith Shelter - 414 S. Blackstone St. – 789-8735
Jackson College - All locations
Jackson County Dept on Aging – 1715 Lansing Ave. – 788-4364
Jackson District Library Carnegie Branch – 244 W. Michigan Ave. – 788-4087
Jackson Area Transportation Authority – 127 West Cortland St. – 783-6437
Meijer- 3333 E. Michigan Ave and 2777 Airport Rd
Westwood Mall Common Area – 1850 W. Michigan Ave. – 787-1170
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