Beat the Heat in Providence!


Providence Emergency Management Agency and the Providence Fire Department offer tips to City residents on how to stay cool this summer

Providence, RI– As warm temperatures and humidity grip the City of Providence during the summertime months, the Providence Emergency Management Agency and the Providence Fire Department urge all City residents to take appropriate steps to stay cool this summer.  People planning to spend time outdoors should be mindful of the heat and follow these safety tips:

  • If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a hat to protect your face and head. Dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Drink fluids, particularly water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Cool down with repeated cool baths or showers.
  • Never leave children, seniors, or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
  • Make a special effort to check on your neighbors, especially seniors and people with special needs.
  • Report open fire hydrants to the Fire Department.

 

Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion

  • Heat exhaustion: Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal.
  • Heat Stroke: Symptoms include flushed, hot, dry skin, weak or rapid pulse, shallow breathing, lack of sweating, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. Body temperature will be elevated, and victim should receive immediate medical attention.

Energy Conservation and Power Outages

During periods of hot and humid weather, regional electricity use rises. PEMA and PFD urge residents to conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions.

  • Set your air conditioner thermostat no lower than 78 degrees.
  • Only use the air conditioner when you are home. If you want to cool your home before you return, set a timer to have it switch on no more than a half-hour before you arrive.
  • Turn non-essential appliances off.
  • Only use appliances that have heavy electrical loads early in the morning or very late at night.

Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. If you lose power:

  • First, check to see if a fuse is blown or a circuit breaker has been tripped.
  • Call your power provider to report the outage.
  • Disconnect or turn off all appliances that will go on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, they may overload electrical circuits.
  • To prevent food spoilage, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Move milk, cheese, meats, and other perishables into the freezer compartment. If the freezer is only partially full, keep all items close together and stacked on top of each other.
  • Keep windows in your residence OPEN for proper ventilation.

Fire Hydrants

Opening fire hydrants are wasteful and dangerous. Illegally opened hydrants can lower water pressure, which can cause problems at hospitals and other medical facilities and hinder firefighting by reducing the flow of water to hoses and pumps. Children can also be at serious risk, because the powerful force of an open hydrant can push them into oncoming traffic. Call the Mayor’s Office of City Services at 311 to report an open hydrant.

City Cooling Centers
PEMA has identified locations that can be utilized as cooling centers:


Federal Hill House

9 Courtland Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02909

401-421-4722

M-F 9 am-6pm

 

Silver Lake Annex Multi-Purpose

Community Center

529 Plainfield Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02909

401-944-8300

M-F 6:30am-5pm

 

Davinci Center for Community Progress

470 Charles Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02904

401-272-7474

M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

 

West End Community Center

109 Bucklin Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02907

401-781-4242

M-F 6:30-5:30

 

Library Branches

Residents may also seek shelter at the following Providence Community Library Branches:

 

Fox Point Library

90 Ives Street

401-331-0390

M 9am-5:30pm

T 1pm-8pm

W-F 1pm-6pm

 

Mt. Pleasant Library

315 Academy Avenue

401-272-0106

M & T 1pm-9pm

W 12pm-6pm

TR 9:30am-6pm

F 12pm-6pm

Sat 10am-6pm

 

Olneyville Library

1 Olneyville Square

401-421-4084

M 1pm-6pm

T 9am-5:30pm

W 1pm-8pm

TR & F 1pm-6pm

 

Rochambeau Library

708 Hope Street

401-272-3780

M & TR 1pm-9pm

T & W 9:30am-6pm

F & Sat 12pm-6pm

 

South Providence Library

441 Prairie Avenue

401-467-2619

M,TR,F 1pm-6pm

T 1pm-8am

W 9am-5:30pm

 

Wanskuck Library

233 Veazie Street

401-274-4145

M 9am-5:30pm

T & W 1pm-6pm

TR 1pm-8pm

F 1pm-6pm

 

Washington Park Library

1316 Broad Street

401-781-3148

M 9am-5:30pm

T,W,F 1pm-6pm

TR 1pm-8pm

 

Water Parks

City water parks that are currently open Monday- Saturday 12pm-5pm

 

Al Carrington Water Park

64 Richardson Street

 

Sackett Street Water Park

110 Sackett Street

 

Harriet & Sayles Water Park

375 Sayles Street

 

General Street Water Park

11 West Drive

 

George West Water Park

1266 Chalkstone Ave

 

Fargnoli Water Park
945 Smith Street

 

Fox Point Water Park

505 Wickenden Street

 

Neutaconkanut Recreation Center Water Park

675 Plainfield Street

 

Pleasant Street Water Park

34 Pleasant Street

 

Wallace Street Water Park

Wallace & Cumerford Streets

 

City Pools
City Pools that are open Monday Through Saturday 12pm-5pm

 

Davey Lopes Rec Center

227 Dudley Street

 

Selim-Rogers Rec Center

60 Camden Avenue

 

Zuccolo Rec Center

11 Gesler Street

 

Neutaconkanut Rec Center

675 Plainfield Street

 

McGrane Pool- West End Rec Center

109 Bucklin Street