WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains residents are reminded that with the extreme heat forecast for this week, it is more important than ever to take steps to stay cool and healthy.
The following amenities are available to help keep residents cool:
The White Plains Public Library, located at 100 Martine Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays.
The White Plains Senior Center, located at 65 Mitchell Place, is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. t0 4:30 p.m. and serves lunch for those who are 55 years and older.
Gardella and Kittrell pools are open from noon - 6:30 p.m. daily. Newly renovated Kittrell pool stays open until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Gardella pool stays open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Gardella pool is located on Ferris Avenue and Kittrell Pool is located at the corner of Fisher Avenue and Irving Place.
Pool admission is free to those with a valid, current parks and recreation ID card. ID cards can be purchased at the parks and recreation office, located at 85 Gedney Way, Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. ID cards cost $11 for adults and $7 for youth, and are valid for one year. Proof of residence must be presented at purchase.
To prevent heat-related illnesses the Westchester County Health Department advises:
- Drink two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you aren’t thirsty.
- Limit any strenuous activity and exercise during the sun's peak hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Take frequent breaks and drink lots of water if working outside.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and sugary drinks.
- Stay indoors, ideally, in an air-conditioned place. If your house or apartment isn't air-conditioned, try spending a few hours at a shopping mall, public library, movie theater or supermarket.
- Take a cool shower or bath
- Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.
- Never leave anyone – a person or animal – in a closed, parked vehicle. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can quickly exceed 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is life threatening.
- Neighbors should check on elderly neighbors to make sure they are safe.
- Bring pets inside and be sure to provide them with plenty of water.
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