Cooling Centers Open as Heat Wave Scorches Michigan

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DETROIT, June 15, 2022 ~ With a heat wave and humidity pushing the heat index in Michigan over 100 degrees, experts are advising people to stay indoors, or find other ways to stay cool if air conditioning is not available.

Those who do not have access to air conditioning can call or text Michigan 211, or contact the local health department to find your nearest cooling center. Spending time at an air-conditioned restaurant, mall, or store, even for a few hours, can help.

A lack of air conditioning has closed Dearborn Public Schools and Eastpointe Community Schools, among others, while Southfield Public Schools are meeting through online classes only.


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(CONTINUED) The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging residents to protect themselves by drinking water, avoiding fluids with excessive sugar and alcohol, and limiting outdoor activity to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion.

If going outside is necessary, residents are advised to wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, as well as to wear sunscreen as sunburns affect the body’s ability to self-regulate cooling.


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