SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services has created “Cool Zones” throughout the valley at county senior centers, libraries, and recreational facilities.

Those cool zones are air-conditioned spaces open to the public for those who need a break from the summer heat.

To avoid heat related illness, anyone is welcome in those cool zones to hydrate, rest, and cool off.

The release states, “An interactive map is available to help residents identify the cool zones in their neighborhoods. Cool zones are open now through October 15th.”

Aging & Adult Services advises to exercise caution in excessive heat by following these tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water & liquids, avoiding alcohol and caffeine.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – light colored & light weight fabrics work best.
  • Stay indoors during midday when outside temperatures are hottest, usually between noon and 3pm.
  • Take it easy, avoiding exercise and strenuous activity when it’s hottest outside.
  • Know the warning signs of heat-related illness, which include dizziness, nausea, rapid heart rate, chest pain, and difficulty breathing.
  • Seek a Cool Zone – visit a county facility to escape the heat.

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