With heat indexes expected to top 100 degrees in the coming days, Wake County will open cooling stations to give people a place to escape the heat.
On weekdays from Friday, Aug. 5, to Wednesday, Aug. 10, cooling stations will open at certain Health and Human Services locations. Seven days a week, people can cool off at one of our Wake County Public Libraries.
“Keeping residents safe and healthy is one of our top priorities, and we encourage anyone who needs relief from the heat to take advantage of these opportunities throughout the county,” said Josh Creighton, deputy director, Wake County Fire Services and Emergency Management.
On weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., residents can take shelter at the following Wake County Health and Human Services locations:
- Wake County Health & Human Services, 220 Swinburne St., Raleigh
- Wake County Health & Human Services Center at Departure, 5809 Departure Drive, Raleigh
- Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon
- Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
- Southern Regional Center, 130 N Judd Parkway NE, Fuquay-Varina
Residents may also escape the heat any of our 23 Wake County Public Libraries. Hours vary by branch, with most opening seven days a week. Visitors should check online or call ahead for their local location’s hours.
Facilities that are generally closed to the public, such as EMS stations, fire stations and county fleet maintenance buildings, will not serve as cooling stations.
Staying Safe in Extreme Heat
Adults older than 65, children younger than 4, people with existing medical conditions and anyone without access to air conditioning face the greatest risks on extremely hot days.
Drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun are critical precautions. People should also check on neighbors who may be at high risk to ensure they have access to hydration and heat relief.
To stay safe and cool during extreme heat, residents should:
- 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 themselves with the medical conditions that can result from over-exposure to heat, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke;
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat and take frequent breaks; and
- Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.