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Salt Lake County offers cooling centers to residents and visitors during heat wave

Salt Lake, Sandy locations open noon to 7 pm thru June 2
Posted at 10:01 AM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 12:01:06-04

With temperatures expecting to soar in the coming days, Salt Lake County has opened two cooling centers for residents and visitors who need a reprieve from the heat.

The cooling centers are air-conditioned, indoor spaces and are open to the public.

Anyone can visit to cool off, hydrate, and stay safe from heat-related illness.

The two cooling centers are:

Mountain America Expo Center
9575 South State Street
(parking is free and available)

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple
Salt Lake City
(parking is free)

The cooling centers are available May 29–June 2 from noon to 7:00 p.m. each day. Social distancing protocols will be enforced inside the facility, and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. People with symptoms of illness should refrain from coming to the facilities. WIFI is available at both centers.

Health officials encourage everyone, especially older adults, to exercise caution in excessive heat by following these tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear appropriate clothing; light colored and lightweight fabrics work best.
  • Stay indoors during midday when outside temperatures are hottest, usually between noon and 3:00 p.m.
  • Take it easy, avoiding exercise and strenuous activity when it’s hottest outside.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, chest pain and difficulty breathing.
  • Visit a cooling center if necessary.

The county encourages residents to look out for each other and check on neighbors, particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions, during periods of extreme heat.