Fairfax County Cooling Centers Offer Relief from the Heat and High Humidity
Posted at 11:30 a.m.
This week we’ll experience the summer heat with temperatures in the low 90s and heat indices over 100 degrees. While not issued for Fairfax County as a whole (at the time of this article), a National Weather Service heat advisory is in effect from noon today to 7 p.m. for the Arlington, Alexandria and Falls Church areas.
Heat indices will be around 105 degrees today and hover around that mark most of the week.
Fairfax County Cooling Centers
With the temperature and heat index, there is an increased risk of heat-related illness for those without air-conditioning or those outdoors for an extended period.
During extremely hot days, there is plenty that you can do to stay cool, like go to a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of Fairfax County’s Cooling Centers:
You are encouraged to check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving.
Remember that resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses.
- Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside.
- Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour.
- When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light-colored clothing, which helps reflect sunlight.
- Never leave children or pets unattended in a car – not even for a few minutes.
- If you know someone needing special attention, you are encouraged to take a few minutes to check in on them to ensure their well-being.
There are many tips online for staying cool; heat safety tips are available online also. Residents who need help to keep their home cool may be able to get assistance from two programs locally administered by the county.
Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency — call 9-1-1 for immediate, life-saving help.