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Atlanta Area Seniors Welcomed At ‘Cooling Centers’

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ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – Fulton County and Atlanta area seniors looking to beat the heat can find free shelter at one of several facilities that will serve as “cooling centers.”

City and County officials announced the locations of senior centers that will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents without air conditioning are encouraged to come. Other neighborhood senior facilities will be available from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during dangerously high temperatures.

Senior centers open include the Dorothy Benson center in Sandy Springs, the H.J.C. Bowden center in East Point, the Hariette G. Darnell center and the Helene S. Mills center in southeast Atlanta.

In Atlanta the following centers are open from 10 am til 6 pm:

Adamsville
3201 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30311
(404) 505-3181

J. C. Burdine
215 Lakewood Way, S.E
Atlanta, Georgia 30315
(404) 658-7855

Dunbar
477 Windsor Street, S.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(404) 658-7117

Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center
250 Georgia Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
(404) 658-6395

Rosel Fann
365 Cleveland Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30354
(404) 624-0772

Temperatures in the metro Atlanta area are expected to be at or above 100 degrees this weekend.

Here are some other helpful tips regarding extreme heat:

·         Stay indoors in air-conditioned spaces as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.

·         Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

·         Familiarize yourself with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke to help lessen health threats and harm.

·         Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

·         Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

·         Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Closely monitor a local radio station, TV station or NOAA Weather Radio for the latest information on excessive heat watches and warnings.

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