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NYC Cooling Centers Open Monday & Tuesday

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The NYC Office of Emergency Management announced cooling centers will open Monday, July 16 & Tuesday, July 17, to help New Yorkers stay cool. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, the heat index is expected to exceed 95 degrees Monday and Tuesday. With temperatures soaring, it is important to keep hydrated and stay cool. During officially-declared heat waves, New York City offers hundreds of cooling centers  in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries around the five boroughs. To find a cooling center or pool near you, call 311 or Click Here to use the online Cooling Center locator. These centers are free and open to the public. Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave.

Click here to check out the Ready NY: Beat the Heat brochure from NYC’s Office of Emergency Management with lots of handy tips for how to stay cool and healthy in a heat wave! The brochure is available in six languages.

Tips for Staying Cool & Healthy on Hot Summer Days

  1. Drink plenty of water!
  2. If you start feeling too hot out of doors, seek a shady, breezy spot to rest or go to an indoor, air-conditioned location.
  3. Pay extra attention to children, elderly people and others who may not know that they are experiencing heat exhaustion. Make sure friends and family members stay cool and hydrated.
  4. Turn off lights when leaving a room.
  5. Use a microwave oven or cook outside instead of using the stove or oven.
  6. Use natural lighting and compact fluorescent light bulbs. Ninety percent of the energy used by an incandescent bulb makes heat.
  7. Close blinds and curtains on hot days.
  8. Install white window shades or blinds to reflect heat away from your house.
  9. If possible, place your room air conditioner on the north side of the house. A unit operating in the shade uses up to 10 percent less electricity than the same one operating in the sun.
  10. Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air into the house and exhausting warm air through the attic. Most effective when operated at night as the air is cooler outside than inside.
  11. For long-term cooling, plant trees/shrubs to shade your house. Carefully positioned trees can save up to 25 percent of a typical household’s energy used for cooling.

Tips to Save Money On Your Summer Utility Bills

  1. Use cold water for doing laundry and air dry clothes on clotheslines.
  2. Unplug electronics like computers, televisions, and radios when not in use.
  3. Set your dishwasher to air-dry mode and use it only when it’s fully loaded.
  4. Turn on ceiling fans only when you’re in the room.
  5. Check weather-stripping and caulking for leaks around doors and windows.
  6. Clean and maintain your air conditioner often. Make sure air filters, air intakes, grilles, and radiators are unblocked and clean at all times. Clean dirt and leaves off coils on outdoor units.
  7. When buying new appliances, including air conditioners, look for those that are ENERGY STAR rated, which means they are more energy efficient than traditional appliances.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Free Air-Conditioners Available for individuals who meet the following qualifications:

  1. LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
  2. Having at least one household member who has been diagnosed with a chronic or acute medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to extreme heat situations.
  3. A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months) that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
  4. Households that have a working air conditioner or have received one from the State in the last 10 years are not eligible.

For more information about the program including provider information, CLICK HERE.


Topics: Community Environment, Health, Human Services Comm., Safety