Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Chatham-Kent opens daytime cooling center during extreme heat warning

Daytime cooling centers will be available at several locations in Chatham-Kent, while an extreme heat alert issued by Environment Canada will remain in effect until Tuesday.

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Daytime cooling centers will be available at several locations in Chatham-Kent, while an extreme heat alert issued by Environment Canada will remain in effect until Tuesday.

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Municipal offices in Blenheim, Chatham, Ridgetown, Tilbury and Wallaceburg will offer people a place to stop, sit, drink water and cool off during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., a Monday media reported. Said issued from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

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Additionally, Employment and Social Services will offer the same service at 435 Grand Avenue W in its main office lobby on the first floor of the Community Human Services Building in Chatham from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The public libraries in Chatham-Kent also offer free Internet access and time to browse their collections to escape the heat, the release said.

Hope Haven will provide services and a cooling station at its location at 183 Wellington St W in Chatham from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its regular timings are from 10 am to 2 pm, seven days a week.

The James Street Drop-In Center will provide services and a cooling station at its location at 719 James St in Wallaceburg from noon to 8 p.m. Its regular timings are from 2 pm to 6 pm, seven days a week.

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If assistance is needed with transportation to Hope Haven or the James Street Drop-In Center, residents can contact the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628, the release said.

Depending on the duration of exposure to heat and exertion levels, one can be affected by extreme heat-related weather conditions. Those at particular risk include:

  • adults over the age of 65;
  • infants and young children;
  • external workers; And
  • Homeless persons, and/or those who lack shelter, appropriate clothing or food.

During extremely hot weather, residents are encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbors who may be at risk, and keep pets inside, the municipality said.

Anyone experiencing homelessness should call the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628, which is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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