As the temperature rises, two cooling centers in the county have been opened for those at high risk to the summer heat.
The centers are recommended for those without air conditioning, elderly, small children, and others who have medical conditions that put them at a greater risk in the heat.
The Bessie Thomas Community Center in Grovetown and Patriots Park outside of Appling provide relief for those looking to escape the heat. Both centers offer a large sitting room, ice water, television, and handicapped access.
Bessie Thomas Community Center doubles as a senior center and has scheduled activities. Tuesdays and Thursdays are ice cream and bingo days. Board games and cards are also available for entertainment. There is also a midday meal every day.
"It's a real laid back place to come and beat the heat," said Director of Bessie Thomas Jeff Asmann.
The Bessie Thomas Community Center is located at 5913 Euchee Creek Drive and transportation can be arranged by calling 556-0308. The hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Patriots Park is at 5445 Columbia Road. It is open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays.
*Heat cramps produce symptoms including: flushed moist skin, a low fever, and painful cramps occurring during or after intense exercise or outdoor work.
*Heat exhaustion causes cool, flushed, moist, or pale skin; headache; dizziness; exhaustion; heavy sweating; and nausea or vomiting. This condition can occur because of too much sweating and inadequate salt and fluid replacement.
*Heat stroke symptoms include hot, pale skin; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing; and changes in consciousness. This condition needs immediate medical attention.
When any of these conditions occur, place the victim in a cooler place and cover them with wet towels or sheets. Conscious victims should be given a glass of water every fifteen minutes and have body changes monitored.
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