When the summer heat reaches extreme temperatures, it is critical to take steps to keep cool and prevent heat illness. To provide a safe and cool way to protect yourself from the heat, the Detroit Recreation Department has four locations available as respite centers that provide air conditioned comfort and protection from the heat. Please see the information below for tips on keeping cool in summer’s heat, followed by the locations and hours of respite centers.
When temperatures rise above 90 degrees, everyone is at risk, but the elderly and the very young are most susceptible to heat and heat-related illness. Signs of heat-related illness include headache, dizziness, nausea, heavy sweating, confusion and pale or flushed skin. The American Red Cross recommends the following treatment for persons with heat-related illness:
· Move the victim to a cool place.
· Give cool water to drink.
· Apply ice packs or cool wet cloths to the skin.
· If a victim refuses water, vomits, or loses consciousness, call 9-1-1 immediately.