Cooling centers open as Heartland prepares for extreme heat

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - As we head into several days of extreme heat there are some things to keep in mind.

There are places you can go to cool down and while you're out and about there are some things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Keeping cool seems easy enough but it's not always.  Experts say fans aren't always the best option when it's extremely hot outside.  They suggest you move to an air-conditioned place or take a cool shower.

In the extreme heat you're also encouraged to drink cool, non-alcoholic beverages, preferably water and increase your fluid intake.   You also want to wear loose-fitting, light colored clothing.

Remember to check on friends, family and neighbors to make sure they're ok.

If you don't have access to an air conditioner there are several places you can go.

The Osage Center will be a place to cool off in Cape Girardeau. The center's open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.  It's open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

The hours vary on weekends. The center's open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. During those times anyone in Cape Girardeau can stop by to get out of the heat.

Scott County has opened two cooling centers.  They will stay open the rest of the week. 
One's at the Miner Baptist Church, that's on Highway H in Miner.   The other's at the Sikeston public library on North Kingshighway.  Both cooling centers will be open from 10 a.m.to 8 p.m. daily.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety will also set up water sprinklers at Roberta Rowe Park Tuesday and at Central Park on Thursday.

The Johnston City Fire Department in Illinois will be open for people to cool off.  Firefighters will provide water and a cool place for citizens during the heat wave the next few days.  The Johnston City Fire Department is located at 500 Washington Ave.

The First Baptist Church in Charleston, Missouri will open as a cooling center Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  The church is at 301 South Main Street across the street from the post office.  Call 573-683-6046 for more information.

Portageville, Missouri has a cooling station at the red building in the city park.  It is open until 6 p.m. Call (573)379-0159 for more details.

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