Cooling stations are available around Montgomery County

FONDA — With temperatures expected to be above 90 degrees in some Montgomery County towns by the end of the week, area organizations have taken steps to help residents beat the heat, volunteering their facilities to serve as cooling stations. The cooling stations will provide relief from the intense heat by providing air conditioning as well as drinking water.

Each location will be open on the following days and times:

∫ Amsterdam: Horace Inman Center, 53 Guy Park Ave., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed on holidays)

∫ Fultonville: Town of Glen town office building, 7 Erie St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Closed on holidays)

∫ Fort Plain: VFW Post 3275, 30 River St., Monday through Saturday noon to 5 p.m. or Fort Plain Senior Center, 204 Canal St., Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon. (Closed weekends and holidays)

∫ St. Johnsville: St. Johnsville Community Center and Village Hall, 16 Washington St., Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to noon. (Closed holidays)

Residents are advised to consider the following tips in dealing with oppressive heat and excessive humidity:

∫ Use air conditioning to cool down or go to an air conditioned building.

∫ If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, open the windows and shades on the shady side of the home and close them on the sunny side to try and cool the home down.

∫ Drink plenty of fluids but avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks.

∫ Beat the heat with cool showers and baths.

∫ Take regular breaks from physical activity.

∫ Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

∫ Wear loose, lightweight clothing. Light colored clothes help to keep cool.

∫ Stay out of the sun as much as possible.

∫ Wear sunscreen and a ventilated hat (e.g. straw or mesh) when in the sun, even when its cloudy.

∫ Never leave children or pets or those with special needs in a parked car, even briefly. Temperatures in the car can become dangerous within a few minutes.

∫ Ask a healthcare provider if the medications can increase the risk to excessive heat events.

For more information on how to keep cool contact the Montgomery County Department of Public Health at (518) 853-3531.

By Kerry Minor

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