RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Public cooling stations are open across Central Virginia to help residents combat the extreme heat.
In the City of Richmond, cooling stations will be open Tuesday, July 16 through Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m and from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the following locations:
- Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road
- Department of Social Services, 900 East Marshall Street
Bottled water will be available at the cooling centers, but food will not be served. Pets are not allowed unless they are service animals.
Henrico County will also make several recreation air-conditioned facilities open to the public. If you’re in need of relief from the heat, contact each site for information about hours:
- Belmont Recreation Center (804) 262-4924
- Confederate Hills Recreation Center (804) 737-2859
- Dorey Recreation Center (804) 795-2334
- Deep Run Recreation Center (804) 290-0305
- Henrico libraries also are available. Call (804) 290-9000 or log on to www.henricolibrary.org for information.
The County of Louisa will be making all cooling centers available to assist citizens with the current heat advisories that are in effect. The
The County will utilize the Betty Queen Intergenerational Center and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to serve as a cooling center where Louisa residents may take advantage of air conditioning and a place to sit and rest.
Betty Queen Intergenerational Center at 522 Industrial Drive will be available Thursday and Friday 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Jefferson-Madison Regional Library at 881 Davis Highway Mineral, Va 23117 will be available Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Although service animals may be allowed on most premises, household pets are prohibited.
City of Petersburg
The City of Petersburg will open a Cooling Center at Petersburg Area Transit (100 West Washington Street) from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. on July 19 and 20.
The Cooling Center will open at the same time on Sunday, July 21.
Petersburg Fire Safety, Petersburg Bureau of Police and Animal Control will continue patrolling the City monitoring for persons and pets that could be in distress. Police vehicles are equipped with coolers to provide water and relief if necessary.
If you can’t make it to a cooling station, stay safe and cool by staying in an air-conditioned area. Visit a friend or a local library if you don’t have access to AC.
If you have to be outside, drink plenty of fluids to replenish the fluids you lose while sweating. Wear light, breathable clothing, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen.
If possible, try and reschedule any outdoor activities to cooler parts of the day when the sun is starting to set. Sunlight exposure is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Remember to never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car increase rapidly and can reach more than 150 degrees, resulting in heatstroke or death.
For more information regarding cooling services, city residents should contact the City’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office at (804) 646-7046. Elderly residents with cooling related issues should contact Adult Services at (804) 646-7367. In the event of a heat-related emergency, please call 9-1-1.