Columbus is Helping Neighborhoods to Beat the Heat

Published on July 26, 2023

An image of the sun in the sky on a hot summer's day

With temperatures forecasted to be in the 90s starting today through Saturday, the City of Columbus is taking steps to help residents stay cool. Columbus Recreation and Parks will expand pool and splash pad hours from 1 p.m. until 8:45 p.m. through Friday. The $1 fee will also be waived through Friday. In addition, residents are welcome at all community centers which will be open regular hours, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. weekdays. A list of pools and community centers can be found here.

Residents are also encouraged to seek out other air-conditioned public areas such as Columbus Metropolitan Library locations that will be open starting at 9 a.m. Hours and locations can be found here.

LifeCare Alliance is holding a fan giveaway today from 2 to 3 p.m. at 670 Harmon Ave. as part of its Beat the Heat campaign. For more information or to find out about donating a fan or making a monetary contribution, visit here.

Columbus Public Health reminds residents of ways to stay healthy and safe in hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of water. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool.
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and limit them to morning and evening hours.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.
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