Cooling Facilities Open Throughout Vermont

02 July 2018

A number of communities have opened public buildings for residents to cool off during Vermont’s current heat wave. The National Weather Service is predicting several more 90-degree days with heat indices in the 100s.

Click here for a list of cooling facilities

Public buildings that can be used for cooling are not limited to the ones listed below, which have been reported to Vermont Emergency Management. Shopping malls, markets, libraries and other municipal buildings are open for business today and available to help you cool down. Call 2-1-1 if you need a place to go.

Vermonters should remain vigilant and mindful of their health and the health of those around them during the heat wave. Check in on neighbors, family and friends who may need assistance in this heat.

Other tips to stay cool and safe:

  • Drink more water than usual, even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
  • Stick to cool places like basements or air-conditioned rooms. Find an air-conditioned public place like a shopping mall or library if you do not have A/C or a basement.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Periodically go for a swim, play under a sprinkler, or take a cool shower.
  • Reduce outdoor work and exercise, and limit it to the cooler parts of the day.
  • Ask for help if you feel sick.
  • Stop what you are doing if you feel faint or weak.
  • Be more cautious if you have a chronic health condition.