Greenfield Opens Cooling Centers from Tuesday, June 18 until Friday, June 21

GREENFIELD – Following an excessive heat watch issued by the National Weather Service, the City of Greenfield is opening its cooling center from Tuesday, June 18, until the end of the day on Friday, June 21.

There are several cooling centers located throughout Greenfield. The list includes: 

•    John Zon Community Center (35 Pleasant Street): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
•    Greenfield Housing Authority Community Room (1 Elm Terrace): Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
•    Oak Courts Common Room (Oak Courts, off of Elm Street): Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
•    Greenfield Public Library (412 Main Street): Monday-Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (The library will have the Community Meeting Room, the Conference Room, and the Periodicals Lounge open as a cooling center on Wednesday, June 19. The rest of the building will be closed off.)
•    Greenfield City Hall (14 Court Square): Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Please note that Greenfield City Hall, the Oak Court Common Room and the John Zon Community Center will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.

Individuals can also find cooling centers in other communities by calling 211. Everyone is urged to take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses and injuries, including: 

  •    Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20°F within 10 minutes.
    •    Slow down and avoid strenuous activity.
    •    Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
    •    Drink plenty of water — even if you are not thirsty. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink, ask how much you should drink during hot weather.
    •    Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun. Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time. 
    •    If you must be outdoors, limit your outdoor activity to the morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas so your body temperature will have a chance to recover. Use sunscreen with a high SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
    •    Eat light, well-balanced meals.