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East Point offers cooling stations
by Nneka M. Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
July 18, 2012 01:42 PM | 898 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Joe Livingston <br>
From left, East Point Fire Station No. 3 Firefighter Scott      Zoebisch checks the blood pressure of Marvin Larry inside the cooling station area.
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To combat the scorching, record-high summer heat, the city of East Point’s Fire Department has come up with a practical solution—cooling stations.

An initiative of East Point Fire Chief Rosemary Cloud, cooling stations will be in each of the three fire stations throughout the city, including fire stations No. 2, 3171 Norman Berry Drive; No. 3, 3800 N. Commerce Drive; and No. 4, 2222 Ben Hill Road. Water will also be provided to those residents who come to the cooling stations.

“The cooling stations were established to help citizens of East Point and persons visiting the area to have a safe, comfortable place to rest, hydrate, and cool down to avoid heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Renita Shelton, fire safety and public information officer.

Shelton said Cloud created the cooling station concept a few years ago.

“These cooling stations are vitally important because they can help offset what could be become fatal or tragic consequences that result from prolonged exposure to heat.”

Heat exhaustion, according to Shelton, occurs when the body cannot sweat at the proportionate level to keep the body cool. In many cases, heat exhaustion is the gateway to a heat stroke.

Shelton said the elderly and children are particularly vulnerable to both heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

“It’s important that people take the necessary precautions,” she said.

“If you’re planning to be outside for extended periods, take frequent breaks from activities, drink plenty of water and dress appropriately. By exercising precaution, everyone should be able to experience a safe, enjoyable summer.”
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