In Dayton, the city is designating its recreation centers as “cooling centers” during regular business hours (6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.):
* Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St.
* Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave.
* Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Dr.
The Greater Dayton RTA also opens its transit centers as cooling centers during normal business hours:
* South: 2730 Lyons Rd.
* North: 2075 Shiloh Springs Rd.
* West: Westown Shopping Center
* East: Eastown Shopping Center
* Downtown: Wright Stop Plaza, 4 S. Main St.
Other cooling center locations include:
* Kettering Recreation Center, 2600 Glenngary Dr. (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
* Moraine Payne Recreation Center, 3800 Main St. (closes at 9:00 p.m.)
* Moraine Civic Center, 3050 Kreitzer Rd. (closes at 8:00 p.m.)
* Vandalia Recreation Center, 1111 Stonequarry Rd. (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
* The Vandalia Senior Citizens Center, 21 Tionda Dr. South, is a secondary cooling center and is open on a walk-in basis until 4:00 p.m.
***Vandalia residents who need assistance in getting to one of the cooling centers can call 898-2261.
* Washington Township Recreation Center, 895 Miamisburg-Centerville Rd. (Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
***Residents who need transportation should call 433-7661.
*Oakwood Community Center, 105 Patterson Rd. (open until 9:00 p.m.). Oakwood resident who need transportation can call 298-2122.
*Farmersville Fire Station, 207 North Elm St. (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) Anyone needing a ride can call 696-2863.
In extreme heat remember to do the following:
* Check on elderly family members and neighbors and other at-risk individuals.
* Use air conditioners or spend time in air-conditioned locations, such as malls or libraries.
* Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
* Take a cool bath or shower.
* Minimize direct exposure to the sun.
* Stay hydrated – regularly drink water and other non-alcoholic fluids.
* Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods, such as fruits or salads.
* Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes.
* Know the symptoms of excessive heat exposure and the appropriate responses.