WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A cooling center will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and both the Kittrell and Gardella pools will be open an extra hour Saturday in White Plains.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for southern Westchester through 6 p.m. Saturday. With a high around 97 degrees, the heat index, according to the National Weather Service, could be in the 100s.
The White Plains Senior Center, 65 Mitchell Place, will be used as a cooling center.
Both the Kittrell and Gardella pools will be open from noon to 7:30 p.m. Kittrell Pool is on Fisher Avenue and Gardella Pool is on Ferris Avenue. Residents are encouraged to come and cool off, but will need a City of White Plains pool pass.
To get a pool pass, visit the Recreation & Parks Department office, 85 Gedney Way, which is open until 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (914) 422-1336.
Mayor Thomas Roach suggests residents take the following safety measures:
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, re-schedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Dont wait until youre thirsty to drink. If you must exercise, drink 2-4 glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour.
- Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Stay indoors, ideally, in an air-conditioned place. If your house or apartment doesn't have air conditioning, try spending a few hours at a shopping mall, public library or even the grocery store. A few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
- Take a cool shower or bath and reduce or eliminate strenuous activities during the hottest time of day.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
- Never leave anyone a person or animal in a closed, parked vehicle. This is life threatening.
- Neighbors should check on elderly residents and make sure they are safe.
- Bring pets inside and be sure to provide them with plenty of water.
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