Rockville Operates Four Cooling Centers When Heat Tops 95 Degrees

Lincoln Park Community Center is one of four cooling centers for extremely hot days.

The City of Rockville operates four cooling centers when the temperature hits 95-plus degrees, or when a code red air quality alert is issued for Montgomery County.

The centers are located at the following facilities:

Community members using the cooling centers may stay in designated public areas for free. An adult must accompany children using the cooling centers. Those who want to use the amenities (i.e. fitness rooms, computer labs or drop-in programs) may do so after paying a daily admission fee.

Cooling centers will be open during normal hours of operation, which may be found by clicking on the name of the center.

According to a news release, Rockville opens cooling centers at the above locations on days when the temperature or heat index is above 95 degrees or when a code red air quality alert is issued for Montgomery County.

In addition to staying indoors in an air-conditioned place, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness” provides advice to help keep you healthy in hot weather:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place, is a much better way to cool off.
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

More information about keeping cool may be found on the CDC’s website.

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