When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness.

To provide a safe and cool environment for those who may not have another option, local communities are opening several locations as cooling centers. Residents can visit to enjoy air-conditioned comfort and protection from the heat.

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  • 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 7pm


  • Community Center – 5460 Arden Ave. – 24 hours
  • Fitzgerald Recreation Center – 4355 E. 9 Mile – 8:30am to 5pm
  • Owen Jax Recreation Center – 8207 E. 9 Mile – 8:30am to 5pm


  • Community Recreation Center – 15100 Hubbard – 5am to 10pm


  • Summit on the Park – 46000 Summit Parkway – 5:30am to 10pm


  • Ford Community & Performing Arts Center- 15801 Michigan Ave. – 5:30am to 10 pm

Dearborn Heights:

  • Eton Senior Center – 4900 Pardee – 8am to 5pm
  • Richard A. Young Recreation Center – 5400 McKinley – 5:30pm to 9pm


  • Kulick Community Center – 1201 Livernois – 10am to 6pm
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  • Troy Community Center – 3179 Livernois – 5:30am to 10pm

Mount Clemens:

  • Mount Clemens Corps Community Center – 55 Church St. – 8am to 3pm


  • Washtenaw County Human Services – 555 Towner – 9am to 6pm

Ann Arbor:

  • Washtenaw County Office Building – 200 North Main – 9am to 6pm

Additionally, public libraries and senior centers often serve as cooling centers during regular business hours. You could also head to the local movie theatre or shopping mall where air conditioning is provided.

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.

To prevent heat-related illness, stay indoors in an air-conditioned place, drink lots of water, avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, wear light-colored clothing, avoid strenuous activity and take frequent breaks if you must work outside.

Never leave a person or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can increase to 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.

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