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Columbus opening 7 cooling centers with high temperatures expected this week

Columbus Recreation and Parks will have these set up at seven community centers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Columbus will be opening seven cooling centers across the city as temperatures will get back into the 90s this week.

The city says they will be located at five regional community centers Tuesday through Thursday to give residents a place to cool off.

The locations - Barnett, Beatty, Dodge, Douglas, Glenwood, Linden and Marion Franklin - will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Columbus Recreation and Parks said they will continue to provide regular activities at community centers during regular hours from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Additionally, the pools at Dodge, Driving Park, Glenwood, Lincoln and Tuttle will have extended hours through Thursday with three open-swim blocks: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2:30-4:30 p.m., and 5-8 p.m.

The department says capacity is limited and you can pre-register online to secure a spot by clicking here.

The Blackburn, Linden, North Bank and Scioto Southland spraygrounds will be open for extended hours of 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday.

You can also catch a free movie on Wednesday to get out of the heat at a Columbus-area theater.

List of splash pads and spraygrounds around central Ohio:

Beat The Heat Fan Drive: 10TV, 97.1 The Fan and LifeCare Alliance are asking central Ohioans to help their neighbors stay cool this summer. The 2022 fan drive begins June 15 and runs through Aug. 15. For more information, click here.

Columbus Public Health reminds residents of ways to stay healthy and safe in hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of water. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay in air conditioning whenever possible. If you do not have an air conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places that are cool.
  • Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they will dehydrate you.
  • Eat light meals.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and limit them to morning and evening hours.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Check on family members, friends and neighbors.
  • Never leave people or pets in a closed car.

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