Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Announces Cooling Centers Remain Open Throughout the City as Region Battles Heat Wave
YONKERS, NY – August 15, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced the City of Yonkers will continue to designate several locations around the city as Cooling Centers through the remainder of this week’s heat wave. Cooling centers were open over the weekend as temperatures reached 100+ degrees combined with high levels of humidity and some residents experienced power outages.
“As we enter the hot, humid, dog days of summer, we will continue to make Cooling Centers available to all residents in need of a cool place to rest and stay hydrated,” said Mayor Spano. “I especially encourage our city’s older adults, residents with medical conditions and those working outside to please stay safe and utilize a Cooling Center located nearest to you if needed.”
Each Cooling Center will be equipped with water, seating and air conditioning. The following locations are open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents through Wednesday, August 17:
Peter Chema Center
435 Riverdale Avenue
Charles Cola Community Center
945 North Broadway
Coyne Park Community Center
777 Mclean Avenue
Scotti Community Center
680 Bronx River Road
Nepperhan Community Center
342 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers Riverfront Library
1 Larkin Center
Grinton I. Will Library
1500 Central Park Avenue
To ensure safety, the Mayor is also raising awareness of heat safety precautions residents should take during periods of extreme heat:
· If you have air conditioning already installed, make sure it works properly before the summer months.
· Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate them if necessary. Check your home's air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
· Install temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, between windows and drapes to reflect heat back outside.
· Install weather stripping on your home's doors and windowsills to keep cool air in and hot air out.
· Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers, which can reduce the heat entering a home by up to 80 percent.
· Keep storm windows in place year-round.
· If you don't have air conditioning, open your windows during the coolest part of the day and keep fresh air moving around your home with circulating fans.
· Drink plenty of cool non-alcoholic liquids, especially water.
· Protect your face and head with a wide-brimmed hat, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight (dark clothing more readily absorbs sunlight).
· Keep pets indoors and refill their water bowls frequently.
For more information on City Cooling Centers or for any additional assistance, please call the Mayor’s Help Line at 377-HELP.