Stay Cool in the Heat Wave

The Acting Philadelphia Health Commissioner, Cheryl Bettigole, has issued a Heat Health Emergency in Philadelphia taking place from June 29th at 8am until June 30th at 11:59pm. Vulnerable residents are at risk of getting sick or dying from the heat. Those who work outside, eldery residents, injured or sick residents, and children are some of those who are at a higher risk. The city is encouraging their residents to find cooling centers if you or a loved one does not have air conditioning. Make sure to keep an eye on your pets as well. Provide plenty of water, and monitor their outside time. Most pets love ice cubes. 

Cooling Resources Southwest Philadelphia

  • Blanche Nixon/ Cobbs Creek Branch: 5800 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, 19143. Open until 8pm. 
  • Cooling bus location: 52nd Street & Larchwood Avenue, 11am-7pm


  • 48th and Woodland Playground
  • Francis J Myers Recreation Center
  • John J McCreesh Sr Playground
  • J Francis Finnegan Playground

If you prefer to stay inside your house, here are some tips to stay cool:

  • Pick a designated room that you want to stay cool
  • Block all the sunlight from entering by using curtains, shades, or blankets/sheets
  • Utilize your fans. If you don’t have ac and are only using fans, make sure to crack a window to avoid creating a convection type situation in your house. 
  • Stay hydrated! Keep drinking water to avoid dehydration. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty. 
  • Keep washcloths in your fridge or freezer to use on the back of your neck, wrists, armpits, etc. If using ice packs, make sure to wrap it in a paper towel or cloth
  • Avoid using appliances like your oven and toaster if possible. Try eating cold foods like salad, watermelon, etc. 
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages. Alcohol tends to dehydrate your body. 

For any questions and more locations of cooling resources, visit here or call the Heatline at 215-765-9040. 

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