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Detroit Parks and Recreation Department to open cooling centers Sunday

Centers will be open from noon until 8 p.m. at locations listed below

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DETROIT – The Detroit Parks and Recreation Department will open four of its recreation centers as cooling sites for residents Sunday.

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City officials said the centers will be open from noon until 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Northwest Activity Center
    18100 Meyers Rd.
    313-578-7500
  • Patton Recreation Center
    2301 Woodmere St.
    313-628-2000
  • Heilmann Recreation Center
    19601 Crusade St.
    313-224-9334
  • Coleman Young Recreation Center
    2751 Robert Bradby Dr.
    313-628-0995

When necessary, city officials said, the Saturday and Sunday additional sites will be opened as determined by the Office of Emergency Management or hours extended at any of the designated locations.

For more information, call 313-224-1100.

The city provided the following hot weather tips:

When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness. 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 people suffering from heat-related illness:

  • Move the victim to a cool place.
  • Give him or her cool water to drink.
  • Apply ice packs or cool wet cloths to the skin.
  • If a victim refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 911 immediately.

The city also provided the following tips for preventing heat-related illness:

  • Stay indoors if possible. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to a public place that does, including the city of Detroit cooling centers. If outside, stay in the shade.
  • Drink water. Even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Wear light-colored clothing. (Avoid wearing black clothes, especially if you're in direct sunlight.) Loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat. Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Never leave a person, especially children or the elderly, or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle. The temperature inside the car can become 30-40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
  • Slow down and avoid strenuous activity. If you must work outside, take frequent breaks.
  • Visit at-risk people twice a day and watch them for signs of heat illness.
  • Speak with your doctor about any medications you are taking to learn whether they may interfere with your body’s ability to regulate temperature.
  • Do not use salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.