Cooling centers open in Jackson as temperatures rise

Cooling centers open in Jackson. (Source COJ)
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JACKSON, MI (WILX) -- With temperatures expected to rise over 90 degrees this week, the Jackson community is working to help those who need a relief from the heat.

The city of Jackson's two community centers and several other local organizations will be functioning as cooling centers during the heat wave and will be open to anyone who needs a place to cool off.

Here is a full list of the buildings that will be functioning as cooling centers:

Jackson Transit Authority- Transfer Center
127 W. Cortland St.
Monday-Friday 6am – 6 pm,
Sat. 10am- 6pm
517-783-6437

Martin Luther King Community Center
1107 Adrian St.
Any day when temperatures are forecasted to feel over 90 degrees
9am- 9pm
517-788-4067

Lifeways Community Mental Health
1200 N. West Ave.
Monday – Friday 8am – 7pm
517-789-1200

Jackson District Library-
Carnegie Branch
244 W. Michigan Ave.
Monday – Thursday
9am – 9pm, Friday 9am-6pm,
Saturday 10am-5pm
517-788-4087

Jackson County Department on Aging
1715 Lansing Ave.
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
517-788-4364

Jackson College welcomes local residents to beat the heat by opening the Jets Hangar as a cooling site. The Jets Hangar is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, seven days a week.

The Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA) will also offer free bus rides to Jackson residents whose health is at risk during a heat emergency.

All residents will have to do is request what's called a "hot ticket" at the JATA Transfer Center or at the cooling centers listed above.

If you aren't headed to a cooling center, you'll want to remember these tips to stay cool:
- Limit outdoor activity
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Wear loose, light-colored clothing
- Took cool showers or baths as needed to lower your body temp
- Stay hydrated

Also, remember to check on neighbors or family members without A/C. Tips to survive the hot temps

Our friends at Consumer Energy suggest to keep your thermostat set at 78. Consumer's Energy shares tips to keep your home cool

And take care of your furry friends - don't leave them outside with a shaded area to lie in and a bowl of cool water. Know the signs: Heat exhaustion in pets

To locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area contact Central Michigan 211 by calling 211.

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Cooling centers open in Jackson. (Source COJ)