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Montgomery County opens cooling centers


FONDA, N.Y. – Organizations across Montgomery County have volunteered to make their facilities available to serve as cooling stations for residents needing to find relief from the high heat and humidity that is expected to blanket the area.

The following locations will be providing air conditioning and drinking water:

Amsterdam – Horace Inman Center, 53 Guy Park Avenue

  • Monday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursdays 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Canajoharie – Canajoharie Library, 2 Erie Boulevard

  • Tuesday & Wednesday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Fultonville – Town of Glen Town Office Building, 7 Erie Street

  • Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Fort Plain – Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal Street

  • Monday – Friday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Johnsville  – St. Johnsville Community Center and Village Hall, 16 Washington Street

  • Monday – Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Montgomery County Public Health Department has also advised residents to consider the following tips in dealing with oppressive heat and excessive humidity:

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

For more information on how to keep cool during the summer heat, information regarding summer safety, contact The Montgomery County Public Health Department at (518) 853-3531.

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