Wake County reopens cooling stations through Fourth of July weekend

Officials urge caution while enjoying the holiday weekend

While fireworks light up the sky this Fourth of July, the real heat will be felt on the ground as extreme temperatures push heat indexes into the triple digits. To help residents stay cool, Wake County will open cooling stations from Friday, July 5, through at least Monday, July 8.

“Heat-related illnesses can escalate quickly, so we urge everyone to take precautions and consider alternatives to prolonged outdoor activities this holiday weekend,” said Josh Creighton, Wake County Fire Services and Emergency Management deputy director. “Visit one of our many parks with shaded areas, explore indoor attractions like museums, or enjoy a movie at home.”

The schedule for the cooling stations is below:

Wake County Public Libraries

Friday through Monday

Closing times for libraries vary, so visitors should check online or call their local library for site-specific information.

Regional Centers and Health and Human Services Centers

Friday and Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.:

Sites that are not normally open to the public, such as EMS stations, fire stations and county fleet maintenance buildings, will not be available as cooling stations.

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Adults older than 65, children younger than four, people with existing medical conditions and those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk on days with high temperatures. Drinking plenty of water and staying out of the sun are critical precautions. People should also check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure they have access to heat relief and hydration.

To stay safe and cool during extreme heat, residents are encouraged to:

  • 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.
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