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Ways to Stay Safe During Extreme Heat

July 19, 2019 05:59 PM

(ABC 6 News) - With temperatures in the 90s Friday and a heat advisory issued for Rochester, people were looking for a way to beat the heat. 

“It’s the hottest day we’ve had all summer long,” said Public Information Officer Kari Etrheim with Olmsted County Public Health.

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She said it’s important for people to take steps to stay safe in this heat. 

"Number one is stay hydrated and drink water. Seek shade when possible, take frequent breaks when you do have to be outside, wear sunscreen and never ever leave a child or pet in a car, even for a few minutes," said Etrheim.

She also recommended waiting for the weather to cool down to do tasks like gardening or mowing the lawn. 

"Any of those hard strenuous activities can probably wait. The good news is the heat is only gonna be around maybe this afternoon. It's still going to be hot tomorrow but it won't be as hot and it won't be as significant," she said. 

Those looking to get out of the heat can take a free air-conditioned ride with Rochester Public Transit Friday. Riders need to just tell the bus driver they are taking the free offer for a “cool place to be.”

The Salvation Army’s Cooling Center at 20 1st Ave NE in Rochester was also open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. They open their doors when a heat advisory is issued Monday through Friday. 

"We really encourage people that if you are in the downtown area and you just need to get out of the heat or you just don't have another place to go that this is a service that's available to you," said Rebecca Snapp, Director of Community Engagement for the Rochester Salvation Army. 

The cooling center can hold up to 150 people. 

"Sunburn, and heatstroke and dehydration, those are all things that we really worry about, especially in people that don't have another place to go or don't have access to air conditioning so to make sure we do open up this as a cool place to be when we have these dangerous temperatures is very important," she said. 

Officials also recommend checking on friends, neighbors or relatives who may be elderly or have health concerns to make sure they are staying safe in this weather. 

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