Beat the Heat in Providence!

 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


M-F 9 am-6pm


Silver Lake Annex Multi-Purpose

Community Center

529 Plainfield Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02909


M-F 6:30am-5pm


Davinci Center for Community Progress

470 Charles Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02904


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


West End Community Center

109 Bucklin Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02907


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


M 9am-5:30pm

T 1pm-8pm

W-F 1pm-6pm


Mt. Pleasant Library

315 Academy Avenue


M & T 1pm-9pm

W 12pm-6pm

TR 9:30am-6pm

F 12pm-6pm

Sat 10am-6pm


Olneyville Library

1 Olneyville Square


M 1pm-6pm

T 9am-5:30pm

W 1pm-8pm

TR & F 1pm-6pm


Rochambeau Library

708 Hope Street


M & TR 1pm-9pm

T & W 9:30am-6pm

F & Sat 12pm-6pm


South Providence Library

441 Prairie Avenue


M,TR,F 1pm-6pm

T 1pm-8am

W 9am-5:30pm


Wanskuck Library

233 Veazie Street


M 9am-5:30pm

T & W 1pm-6pm

TR 1pm-8pm

F 1pm-6pm


Washington Park Library

1316 Broad Street


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