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Cooling centers open today and tomorrow

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Fire Chief Gary Lataille announced that Woonsocket Emergency Management has opened cooling centers at Woonsocket Harris Library, 303 Clinton Street, and the Woonsocket Senior Center, 84 Social St. The library will be open today and tomorrow, Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the senior center, 1-5 p.m., same days.
These facilities only offer shelter from the heat and humidity; they do not offer any other amenities such as food or entertainment.
The heat index, a combination of the temperature and the humidity level, is expected to reach at least 100 degrees today and tomorrow. Children, the elderly and anyone with respiratory problems are advised to stay indoors and avoid prolonged activity.
“Check on your neighbors,” suggests Lataille. “All outside work should be limited during the extreme heat of the day, drink fluids to avoid dehydration. Pets should be kept cool and have a constant supply of water.”

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