Lynchburg Fire Department to open cooling centers for residents

With temperatures expected to be in the mid-90′s this week, LFD is encouraging residents to take precautions during extreme heat

LYNCHBURG, Va.UPDATE

With temperatures continuing to remain in the mid-90′s next week, cooling centers in Lynchburg will remain open through the week of June 24.

The following places that will act as cooling centers include:

  • Lynchburg Public Library - Main Branch, 2315 Memorial Avenue & the Downtown Branch Library, 216 12th Street, Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Department of Human Services Lobby – 99 Ninth Street, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Miller Center – 301 Grove Street, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Lynchburg Community Market – 1219 Main Street, Tuesday – Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Salvation Army, 2215 Park Avenue, dining room will be open Sunday – Wednesday, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

ORIGINAL STORY

The Lynchburg Fire Department will open up locations that will be used as cooling centers this week for residents, according to a statement by the department Monday.

The areas that will be used as cooling centers include:

  • Lynchburg Public Library: Main Branch, 2315 Memorial Avenue & Downtown Branch Library, 216 12th Street. The location will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. but will be closed Wednesday June 19, for Juneteenth holiday.
  • Department of Human Services Lobby: 99 Ninth Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will also be closed for Juneteenth.
  • Miller Center: 301 Grove Street, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will also be closed for Juneteenth.
  • Miller Park Pool: 2100 Park Avenue, open daily including on Juneteenth from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. $3 admission for anyone ages three and up each day, free water will be available at the gate.
  • Lynchburg Community Market: 1219 Main Street, Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be open on Juneteenth.
  • Salvation Army, 2215 Park Avenue, the dining room will be open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

The fire department is also urging residents to follow prevention tips from the Virginia Department of Health. These tips include drinking water often, keeping cool indoors, limiting physical activity, do not keep children or pets in cars, and checking on neighbors.

Officials also said to keep your pets and animals cool when temperatures increase.


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