Beating The Heat: City Of Boston Opens Cooling Centers For Heat Wave


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Things are starting to heat up in Massachusetts as we enter the second heat wave of the season on Monday -- and the city of Boston is out with some ways to stay cool.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey declared the heat emergency on Saturday that will run from from Monday through Wednesday.

“I’m urging everyone to take precautions and find ways to stay cool over the next few days. Please watch out for each other," Janey said in a statement on the Boston city website. "If you see someone out in the heat who appears in distress and needs help, call 911 immediately.”

The city is promoting it's playgrounds with water sprays, public pools and 15 cooling centers as ways to help people escape the heat.

Victoria, a Boston resident, said she plans to walk her dog Ravioli only during the early morning and evening hours in the coming days because he doesn't do well in the heat.

"I'm very lucky that I have central air," she said. "I actually tried not to turn it on as long as I could but I caved yesterday."

You can find a list of the locations and hours of Boston's cooling centers here, and find more tips on how to stay cool on the city website and Twitter account.

Some tips include staying hydrated, taking cold showers, limiting outdoor activity and calling 911 if you see a person in the street who appears immobile or disoriented.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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