‘Cooling centers’ offering relief

BECAUSE OF the excessive heat that is expected to occur during the next few days, the following “cooling centers” in Belmont County will be open starting today for anyone needed to escape the heat.

The locations are:

– Barnesville United Methodist Church at 230 W. Main St. (740-425-3538)

– Bellaire Salvation Army at 315-37th St. (740-676-6225)

– Colerain United Presbyterian Church at 71780 Colerain St. (Ohio 250) (740-635-3943)

– Spirit of 76 Fire Department at 53890 Key-Bellaire Rd. (740-676-7676)

– Grace Presbyterian Church at 7 N. 4th. St. (740-633-2699)

– Neffs United Methodist Church at 54047 Belmont St. (740-296-5039)

– Sacred Heart Church at 54038 St. Mary’s Ave. in Neffs (740-676-0051)

– Shadyside United Methodist Church at 3838 Lincoln Ave. (740-676-5936)

– Thoburn United Methodist Church at 209 E. Main St. in St. Clairsville (740-695-0770)

– Belmont United Methodist Church at 129 N. Market St. in Belmont (740-484-4567)

– Church of the Nazarene at 100 Hwy. 7 S. in Powhatan Point (740-795-5456)

– Smith Township Fire Department at 46389 Firehouse St. in Centerville. (740-686-2430)

Please call ahead so that arrangements may be made.

If there are any further questions, you may contact the Belmont County Emergency Management Agency at (740) 695-5984.

The Center for Disease Control says the forecast for the Ohio Valley is calling for temperatures in the 90s all week. Many residents are looking for ways to stay cool.

The CDC recommends residents wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sun screen; schedule outdoor activities carefully; drink more fluids (non alcoholic), regardless of your activity level and don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink; pace yourself and take cool showers or baths to cool down;

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar as they actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps; stay indoors and stay in an air-conditioned place. If your house does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library, even for a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat related illnesses; Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

Try to rest often in shady areas and keep updated on local weather conditions.