Ways Houstonians can Beat the Heat

By Brooke Drake, August 6, 2010, News

Right now it is hot…very hot.  It’s so hot that the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat advisory for the Houston area.  This can be a very dangerous time for Houstonians, possibly even life threatening, especially for those who do not have air conditioning.

The City of Houston is taking action by opening cooling centers for anyone without access to air conditioning during this heat wave.  If you do not have access to air conditioning, you can seek shelter at any city facility.  To find the nearest location, call 311.  You can also seek shelter from the heat at any of the 25 Harris County branch libraries.

In addition to city centers and libraries, you can visit one of the Heat Centers, which are open from June 22 until October 2.  Here is a list of the locations:

  • Acres Homes MSC, 6719 W. Montgomery Road
  • Denver Harbor MSC, 6402 Market St.
  • Fifth Ward MSC, 4014 Market St.
  • Magnolia MSC, 7037 Capital St.
  • Northeast MSC, 9720 Spaulding St.
  • Southwest MSC, 6400 High Star Dr.
  • Sunnyside MSC, 4605 Wilmington St.
  • West End MSC, 170 Heights Blvd.

Aside from staying inside where there’s air conditioning, here are a few more tips to stay cool during this heat wave.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid beverages that contain caffeine, alcohol or high amounts of sugar, which can actually result in loss of body fluid.
  • Outdoor work or exercise should be done early morning or evening when it is typically cooler.
  • Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen when out in the sun.
  • DO NOT leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
  • High-risk groups such as adults 55 years and older, children five years and under or people with chronic illnesses are urged to stay inside air conditioning at least between the hours of 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., which is the hottest part of the day.
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