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Staying cool during the heatwave

July 22nd, 2022 · No Comments · Children, City Library, Main Branch, Teens, West Branch

The City of Manchester is opening up additional cooling center locations and transportation options for relief during the anticipated continued heat and humidity.

The following groups are especially vulnerable to heat. Please check in with your friends, neighbors and relatives who fall into these populations:
Young children, infants, athletes, older adults aged 65+, outdoor workers
Individuals with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.
It is never safe to leave a child, disabled individual, or pet locked in a car. If you have young children in your household, lock your vehicles, even in your own driveway.

Stay Cool!
• Wear appropriate clothing such as lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing. If you must be outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
• Stay cool indoors. Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible. If you do not have air conditioning in your home, visit a shopping mall or local shops, indoor entertainment venues, or public facilities. Electric fans may provide comfort, but in extreme heat, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or staying in an air-conditioned location is a much better way to cool off.

• Schedule outdoor activities carefully. Try to limit outdoor activities to the coolest times of day, morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas to allow your body to recover.
If you must be outdoors, pace yourself. Cut down on exercise during extreme heat. If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly.
• Wear sunscreen. Sunburn prevents your body from cooling down appropriately, and can make you dehydrated. If you must be outside, apply sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going out. Reapply according to package instructions.

City Cooling Centers:
Crystal Lake Public Beach 679 Bodwell Road – Hours: 12 PM-8 PM

Dupont Splash Pad 207 Mason Street – Hours: 11 AM- 7 PM

Livingston Pool 410 Hooksett Road – Hours: 1-5 PM and 6-8 PM

Raco-Theodore Pool 66 Head Street – Hours: 1-5 PM and 6-8 PM

Sheehan-Basquil Splash Pad 297 Maple Street = Hours: 12 PM-7:45 PM

William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center 151 Douglas Street – Hours: M-F 8:30-4 PM
Manchester of Manchester Library 405 Pine Street – Hours M,F, 9 AM-5 PM T,W,Th 9 AM-8 PM and Sat 9 AM-2 PM

Stay Hydrated
• Drink plenty of fluids. Drink more fluids, regardless of activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
Always consult your doctor if you are on water pills or your doctor limits the amount you drink.
Avoid sugary and alcoholic drinks, which cause you to lose more body fluid. Avoid very cold drinks because they may cause stomach cramps.
• Replace salt and minerals. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from your body that need to be replaced. Sports drinks may replace the salt and minerals lost.
If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic condition, talk with your doctor before consuming sports beverages or salt tablets.
Stay Informed
• Check for updates. Stay tuned to local news for weather alerts and safety tips.
• Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
• Monitor those at high risk.

Transportation to Cooling Centers:

Transportation to the William B. Cashin Senior Activity Center’s Cooling Center will be provided by the Manchester Transit Authority. Fares will be waived for passengers who inform the driver they need access to this Cooling Center. Residents may board any MTA bus to reach downtown and from Veteran’s Park may take either:

Route #6 Bremer Street/Mast Road M-F 5:30 AM-9 PM Sat 9:30 AM- 5:25 PM

Route #7 Bedford Grove Plaza/Second Street M-F 7 AM-5:55 PM Sat 9:45 AM- 4:25 PM

MTA Schedules can be found at

We hope that you and yours stay safe and cool during the heatwave.

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