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Post Date:07/06/2016 3:19 PM

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YONKERS, NY – July 6, 2016 – Mayor Mike Spano announced today the City of Yonkers will designate several locations around the city as Cooling Centers during the forecasted heat wave that is expected to last the next three days.  Temperatures are expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees combined with high levels of humidity. 

“As we enter the first significant heat wave of the summer, we will again 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.”

Mayor Spano said each Cooling Center will be equipped with water, seating and air conditioning. The Mayor has released the following list of locations that will be open as Cooling Centers during specified hours for all residents:

Peter Chema Center

435 Riverdale Avenue • 10:00am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday)

Charles Cola Community Center

945 North Broadway • 12:30pm-4:30pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)

Coyne Park Community Center

777 Mclean Avenue • 12:00pm-4:00pm (Monday-Friday)

Scotti Community Center

680 Bronx River Road • 11am-3:30pm (Monday-Wednesday; Friday)

Nepperhan Community Center

342 Warburton Avenue • 7:30am-9:00pm (Monday-Friday)

Yonkers Riverfront Library

1 Larkin Center • 9:00am-8:00pm 

Grinton I. Will Library

1500 Central Park Avenue • 9:00am-9:00pm 

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.  Drink two to four glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you aren’t thirsty.

• 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.

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