Residents can find relief from heat in Dearborn public buildings

DEARBORN — The National Weather Service is predicting hot weather conditions for the remainder of the week, with temperatures expected to peak in the 100s.

These extreme conditions can be dangerous, causing heat-related health problems.

Dearborn residents are invited to cool off during regular business hours at the following public buildings:

• Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. — 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays,  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

• Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. — 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

• Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave., and Esper Branch Library, 12929 W. Warren Ave. — 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

During these extreme conditions, residents are advised to take a few basic heat-related precautions:

• Check on elderly, disabled or ill friends and relatives regularly.

• Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids.

• Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water.

• Reduce your intake of caffeinated beverages.

• Avoid strenuous outdoor work.

• Do not leave children or pets in parked cars.

Under these conditions, heat stroke can occur quickly.  Signs of heat stroke include a body temperature that exceeds 103 degrees, lack of sweating, rapid pulse, headache, nausea, confusion and even unconsciousness.  If someone is suffering from these symptoms, call 911 and cool the victim rapidly, to 101 or 102 degrees.

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