SALT LAKE CITY — Feeling a little hot under the collar?
Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services is opening cool zones — air-conditioned indoor spaces where residents can hydrate and stay safe from heat-related illness during the summer.
Cool zones are located throughout the valley at county senior centers, libraries, recreational facilities and other municipal government buildings.
The agency also urges residents to check on neighbors, particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions, during the heat wave.
The county is also accepting donations of new fans to distribute to vulnerable and homebound older adults. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to drop off fans at senior centers or the south building of the Salt Lake County Government Center, 2100 S. State.
Drivers and volunteers with the Rides for Wellness and Meals on Wheels programs will check home environments and talk with clients to determine whether their conditions are safe, providing donated fans to those who most need them.
All residents, especially older adults, are advised to exercise caution in excessive heat by following these tips:
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and liquids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
• Wear appropriate clothing — light-colored and light-weight fabrics work best.
• Stay indoors during midday when outside temperatures are hottest, usually between noon and 3 p.m.
• Take it easy, and avoid exercise and strenuous activity when it’s hottest outside.
• Know the warning signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.