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Ouachita County opens cooling centers to help beat heat

by Bradly Gill | June 16, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.

With temperatures reaching a high near 95 today and heat index values as high as 103, Ouachita County is opening cooling centers to beat the heat.

• Bearden Community Center

North 3rd Street, Bearden

Contact Chief Greeley at 870-686-1236 for access.

• Family Activity Center at Calvary Baptish Church.

East Camden319 US-278

• Cullendale First Baptist Cooling Center

Open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come to the office side of the church. Plans to use gym area as well.

The Center for Disease Control recommends.

  • Limit your outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
  • Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
  • Pace your activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

If you play a sport that practices during hot weather, protect yourself and look out for your teammates:

  • If you are wearing a cloth face covering and feel yourself overheating or having trouble breathing, put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others and remove the face covering. More safety tips:
  • Schedule workouts and practices earlier or later in the day when the temperature is cooler.
  • Monitor a teammate's condition, and have someone do the same for you.
  • Seek medical care right away if you or a teammate has symptoms of heat-related illness.

Everyone should take these steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and death during hot weather:

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as you can.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

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