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Stay Cool Locations will be available to residents as a place to cool off.

Use this interactive map of cooling centers to find one near you. You can also view a list of cooling centers in Westchester. Please check with your local municipality to find out if they are opening temporary cooling centers on hot days.

 

Here is a list of temporary cooling centers, as of July 30, 2019:

  • The Town of Cortlandt will be opening a cooling center at the Muriel H. Morabito Community Center at 29 Westbrook Drive, Tuesday July 30, 2019 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

 

If you need a free place to cool off, try your local librarysenior center, or shopping mall. Bookstores and coffee shops are also places where you can relax and often enjoy free wi-fi. Call ahead to make sure that it’s open when you want to go. You can also cool off at your local movie theater. A few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.


Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

With high humidity and high temperatures forecasted, the Health Department recommends that residents should avoid strenuous activity, drink lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and take precautions to prevent heat-related illness.

Follow these tips to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Limit any strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun's peak hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • If you must exercise or work outdoors during extreme heat, take frequent breaks and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks. These cause you to lose more body fluid.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  • NEVER leave anyone - a person or animal - in a closed, parked vehicle.  Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly exceed 140º F, which is life-threatening.
  • Check on elderly neighbors to make sure they are safe.
  • Bring pets inside and be sure to provide them with plenty of water.
  • Stay indoors, ideally in an air-conditioned place.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • If your house or apartment isn't air-conditioned, spend a few hours at a shopping mall, public library, movie theater or supermarket.

 

Air Quality Alerts

Ozone alerts are occasionally issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, usually on hot summer days when the air is stagnant. Ozone irritates the respiratory system and may cause decreased lung function. While everyone can be affected by increased ozone levels, children and those with chronic respiratory problems are the most sensitive.

 

Sun Safety Resources