Columbus is Helping Neighborhoods to Stay Cool in the Heat

Published on August 23, 2023

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

Temperatures are forecasted to be in the 90s starting today through Friday. The City of Columbus reminds residents that Community Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. A list of 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 from 2-3 p.m. today 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.

Because lifeguards have returned to school, only pools at Driving Park, Dodge, Glenwood and Tuttle are still open and only on weekends through Labor Day. 

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