Mayor Michael Coleman kicked off Operation Cool Down on Thursday to keep central Ohioans cool.
Parts of central Ohio were expected to reach near 100 degrees on Thursday and several heat advisories were issued, 10TV News reported.
Coleman asked city personnel to open four fire hydrants to offer relief from the heat. The following hydrants will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday:
Coleman encouraged community members to take advantage of the services. He said that he wanted residents to stay cool and have fun at the same time, 10TV News reported.
“To help our residents make it through this oppressively hot weather, we want to offer our residents some relief and some fun,” Coleman said. “I encourage our residents to visit our air-conditioned recreation centers and swimming pools as well as these temporary cool-down centers.”
Hydrants are not the only ways to stay cool this summer, 10TV News reported.
Residents were encouraged to visit any of the Columbus Recreation and Parks facilities. These are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Visiting a community pool is another option to keep it cool. Columbus has seven pools that are opened daily from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is no admission cost, however, you must present a department-issued Leisure Card which can be purchased at any of the city’s recreation centers for $1.
Community members can also visit the free spray ground located at Barnett Recreation Center, located at 1184 Barnett Rd., that is open from noon to 7 p.m. In addition, the public can check out the AEP fountain downtown in Bicentennial Park, located at 233 Civic Center Dr., along Scioto Mile.
Coleman urged the public to follow the following safety guidelines to stay cool:
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