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Beat The Heat At Local Cooling Centers

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DETROIT (WWJ) – It’s a scorcher  — and the hot temps aren’t stopping anytime soon.  To provide a safe and cool environment for those who may not have another option, local communities are opening locations as cooling centers. Residents can visit to enjoy air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat.

The Livonia Community Recreation Center’s Vern Waara says the facility could accommodate about 25 to 30 people overnight if necessary.

“Through the summer we close at 10 o’clock, but we will staff and have people come in and we set up cots for people to stay overnight and offer a shower for them … we try to take care of our residents,” Waara said.

The Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness reminds residents that when temperatures rise above 90 degrees, everyone is at risk, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illness. Signs of heat-related illness include headache, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion and pale or flushed skin. The American Red Cross recommends the following treatment for persons with heat-related illness:

  • Move the victim to a cool place.
  • Give cool water to drink.
  • Apply ice packs or cool wet cloths to the skin.
  • If a victim refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately

Cooling Centers In Detroit:

  • Joseph Walker Williams Center – 8431 Rosa Parks Blvd. – 10 am to 6 pm
  • Coleman A. Young Recreation Center – 2751 Robert Bradby Dr. – 1pm to 9pm

Cooling Centers in Westland:

  • Bailey Recreation Center – 36651 Ford Rd. – 9am to 10pm
  • William P. Faust Public Library – 6123 Central City Pkwy. – 9am to 9pm
  • Dorsey Center – 32715 Dorsey – 9am to 5pm
  • Friendship Center – 1119 N. Newburgh – 9am to 9pm

The following Detroit Public Libraries are also air-conditioned:

Main Library
(313) 481-1300
5201 Woodward Avenue/Warren
T, W: 12:00-8:00
Th, F, Sa: 10:00-6:00

Campbell Branch
(313) 481-1550
8733 W. Vernor
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Chandler Park Branch
(313) 481-1560
12800 Harper/Dickerson
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Chaney Branch
(313) 481-1570
16101 Grand River/Greenfield
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Chase Branch
(313) 481-1580
17731 W. Seven M./Southfield
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Conely Branch
(313) 481-1590
4600 Martin/Michigan
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Edison Branch
(313) 481-1720
18400 Joy Rd./Southfield
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Elmwood Park Branch
(313) 481-1730
550 Chene/Lafayette
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Franklin Branch
(313) 481-1740
13651 E. McNichols/Gratiot
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Hubbard Branch
(313) 481-1750
12929 W. McNichols/J. Couzens
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Jefferson Branch
(313) 481-1760
12350 E. Outer Drive/E. Warren
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Knapp Branch
(313) 481-1770
13330 Conant/E. Davison
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Mark Twain Annex
(313) 481-1790
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
4741 Iroquois
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Parkman Branch
(313) 481-1810
1766 Oakman Blvd./Linwood
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Redford Branch
(313) 481-1820
21200 Grand River/W. McNichols
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Sherwood Forest Branch
(313) 481-1840
7117 W. Seven Mile/Livernois
M, W, F: 10:00-6:00
T, Th: 12:00-8:00

Skillman Branch
(313) 481-1850
121 Gratiot / Library
M, T, W, Th, F: 10:00-6:00

Wilder Branch
(313) 481-1870
7140 E. Seven Mile/Van Dyke
T, Th, F: 10:00-6:00
M, W: 12:00-8:00

Forecasters are predicting a high of 91 degrees today in Metro Detroit, but it will feel more like 100.  Meantime, severed thunderstorms were rolling through the state. - CLICK HERE for the forecast –

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