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Tips to Beat the Heat, Pools & Cooling Stations

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The sprinklers are on at Swinburne Park in Albany (Photo: Amy Cutler) The sprinklers are on at Swinburne Park in Albany (Photo: Amy Cutler)

COOLING STATIONS

Area organizations have taken steps to help residents beat the heat over the next several days and have volunteered their facilities as cooling stations. The cooling stations will provide relief from the intense heat blanketing the area by providing air conditioning as well as drinking water. Each location will be open Wednesday, June 20 & Thursday, June 21.

Cooling stations will be located at the following locations:

Troy - Three cooling stations: 112th Street Park in Lansingburgh, the South Troy Pool parking lot at Tyler Street, and at Ingalls Avenue & 7th Avenue in North Central. They will run from approximately 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Amsterdam - Horace Inman Center, 53 Guy Park Avenue, 10am-4pm

Canajoharie - Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Boulevard, 10am-4pm

Fort Plain - Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal Street, 12pm-5pm

St. Johnsville - St. Johnsville Community Center and Village hall, 16 Washington Street, 10am-4pm


POOLS

Troy officials say the spray parks are open at Frear Park and Prospect Park. Wednesday night's Rocking on the River Festival will have a cooling center and plenty of water available.

Saratoga Springs has opened all their city spray pools at four locations.

Albany Department of Recreation is opening city pools and spray pools in the city Wednesday and Thursday. See the list of Albany pools open here.

Glens Falls: Eastfield pool and Haviland Cove Beach both open on June 25th at 11:00am 

Amsterdam: Amsterdam City Pool in Veterans Park open July 1st at 11am.

Schenectady: Central Park Pool opens July 1st and the Hillhurst Pool opens July 4th.

Cohoes: Lansing Pool opens at noon Thursday in Cohoes, two days ahead of schedule.


TIPS TO BEAT THE HEAT

Residents are advised to consider the following tips in dealing with oppressive heat and humidity:

  • Use air conditioning to cool down or go into an air conditioned building.
  • If you don't have air conditioning in your home, open windows and shades on the shady side and close them on the sunny side.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.
  • Beat the heat with cool showers and baths
  • Take regular breaks from physical activity
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Wear loose, lightweight clothing, light colored clothing to help keep cool
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible.
  • Wear sun screen and a ventilated hat when in the sun
  • Never leave children, pets, or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in a car can become dangerous within a few minutes.
  • Check on your neighbors, family and friends, especially those who are elderly or who have special needs.
  • Ask your Health Care provider if the medications you take increase your risk to excessive heat events.

Albany County Executives also recommend cooling off in public libraries:  

  • Albany Public Library Main Branch: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 pm, Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1- to 5 pm
  • Altamont Free Library: Mon –Thurs 9 – 8 pm, F- 9 -5 Sat. 9-12 Sunday, 2-5pm
  • Berne Public Library: Monday, 4-8 pm, Tue 9-6pm Wed. 4-8pm, Thurs 9-8pm Sat. 9-1pm
  • Bethlehem Public Library: Monday - Friday:, 9am - 9pm, Saturday10- 5pm
  • Cohoes Public Library: Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. , Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Colonie Town Library: Monday-Thursday 9 - 9 pm, Friday 9 - 6 pm, Saturday 9 - 5 pm
  • Guilderland Public Library: Monday through Friday: 10 am to 9 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Menands Public Library: Monday12:30 - 8:30pm Tuesday5:30 - 8:30pm Wednesday12:30- 8:30pm Thursday 5:30 - 8:30pm, Friday12:30 - 4:00pm, Saturday,10:00 - 1:00pm
  • RCS Community Library (Ravena): Monday - Thursday10 -8:30, Friday 10-5 and Saturday10 – 1pm
    Rensselaerville Library: Monday 2-5pm, Tuesday 10-5pm, Wednesday 10-8pm, Thursday 10-8pm, Fri 10-5pm, Sat 11-2
  • Voorheesville Public Library: Monday – Thursday 10:00- 9:00pm, Friday 10:00 - 6:00pm, Saturday10:00- 1:00pm:
  • Watervliet Public Library: Mon - Thur: 12:00 to 8:00 p.m , Friday: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Westerlo Public Library: Monday – 2 – 6 pm, Tuesday – 2 - 8 pm, Wednesday – 9 – 2 pm, Thursday – 3– 8 pm, Friday – 4 – 8 pm, Saturday – 9 – 2 pm
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