City Takes Steps to Help Citizens Stay Cool During Heat Wave

By: Brick Lewis Posted in Uncategorized

In response to the record breaking temperatures the City of Columbia will take steps to assist the community in keeping cool. The City of Columbia Fire Department along with Parks and Recreation will set up misting stations in the following locations. These misting stations will be in operation from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., when the heat index reaches 90 degrees or higher.

Misting Stations:
Owens Field, 1351 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
Rosewood Park, 901 South Holly St.
Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Ave.
Martin Luther King (MLK) Park, 2300 Greene St (corner of Greene & Pendleton Streets)
Finlay Park, 930 Laurel St.
Riverfront Park, 312 Laurel St.

The City of Columbia also offers a number of other ways to stay cool this summer. The following is a list of Splash Pad and Pool locations that are open to the public:

Splash Pad Locations (Operates Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., through Labor Day, September 7, 2015):
*Mays Park, 4100 Trenholm Rd.
Sims Park, 3500 Duncan St.
Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Rd.
Emily Douglas Park, 2500 Wheat St.
*Roy Lynch Park, Lincoln and Abbeville St.
Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Rd. (Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Lorick Park, 1600 Lorick Ave. (Open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Edisto Discovery Park, 1914 Wiley St.
*Pacific Park, 200 Wayne St.
St. Anna’s Park, 1315 Liberty Hill Ave.
Hampton Park, 117 Brandon Ave.
Melrose Park, 1500 Fairview Rd.

Drew Park – 2101 Walker Solomon Way (Operates Monday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

All splash pads are free of charge and closed on Sundays.

*Please note that splash pads that are unmanned (Mays, Roy Lynch and Pacific) will be turned on/off upon request by calling 545-3100.

Maxcy Gregg Pool
1655 Park Circle
Open Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Recreational Swimming at Maxcy Gregg: $3 youth (ages 12 & under), $4 for adults (ages 13 & over)
Season tickets: $80 (ages 12 & under), $120 (ages 13 & over)
Group passes: $75 (child), $100 (adults)

Fan the Heat
If you are working or playing outside take breaks and drink plenty of fluids. Also, remember to check on elderly neighbors in your neighborhood.

Chief Skip Holbrook and the City of Columbia Police Department kicked off the Fan the Heat program in May, and since its inception has assisted more than 7,000 Columbia citizens.

The program is primarily designed for senior citizens, residents with medical concerns/disabilities and families with small children.

Eligibility requirements include:
• Citizens must be 55 years-old or older
• Citizens must provide name, address, telephone number (to ensure that the fan or air conditioner is delivered to the correct address)

Exception:
• If person has respiratory problem or a major illness, he or she can bring in a doctor’s statement regardless of age to receive assistance.

If a citizen needs assistance from the Fan the Heat program, they can call the Crime Prevention Unit at 545-3555; or CPD’s Telephone Response Unit at 545-3500.

Anyone can be affected by the heat of the summer sun and the Columbia Fire Department encourages the citizens of the City of Columbia to follow the heat safety tips below:

Heat Safety Tips:
Supervise children – children rely on adults to tell them when to come inside, when to drink water, and what sort of clothing to wear. It doesn’t take long for a child’s small body to become overheated.
Dress lightly and when sleeping use lightweight breathable covers.
Drink plenty of water.
People who live in homes with no air conditioning should keep blinds closed from morning until the late afternoon to block extra direct heat from sunlight. Also, stay on the lowest level of your home.
If you see any of the exhaustion signs listed below get out of the heat immediately. Give the person plenty of cool fluids and wipe them down with cool cloths. If they don’t improve rapidly call 911.
Never ever leave a child or pet in the car while you run to do a quick errand!

The signs of heat exhaustion include:
Clammy skin
Loss of color in skin
Sweating
A tired, overestimated look on someone’s face
Dry mouth
Headache

The signs of major heat stroke:
High body temperatures – (over 103 degrees F)
Confusion
Poor breathing – if you can’t hear a person breathing it can indicate a problem
Seizures
The person has stopped sweating
Weak pulse
Hot dry skin to the touch
Fainting or total loss of consciousness

For more information concerning staying safe in the heat, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website http://www.scdhec.gov and for information on heat warnings visit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service’s website, http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/index.shtml.

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