As an anticipated potentially dangerous Heat Wave looms towards us, Mayor Byron Brown has summed up the main concerns perfectly.  According to News Reports, the Mayor has offered this statement:

“We want everyone, particularly children and the elderly, to take the necessary precautions." 

WGRZ Reports these Cooling Stations in Buffalo:

Autumnwood Senior Center, 1800 Clinton Street, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Belle Center, 104 Maryland Street, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Delevan-Grider Community Center, 977 East Delavan Avenue, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dorothy J. Collier Community Center, 118 East Utica Street, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Edward Saunders Community Center, 2777 Bailey Avenue, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
George K. Arthur Community Center, 2056 Genesee Street, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main Street, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hennepin Community Center, 24 Ludington Street, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hispanic United of Buffalo, 254 Virginia Street, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Northwest Buffalo Community Center, 155 Lawn Avenue, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Richmond--Summer Senior Center, 337 Summer Street, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schiller Park Senior Center, 2057 Genesee Street, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
William-Emslie YMCA Senior Center, 585 William Street, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Here is also a list of Pools and Splash Pads, according to WGRZ News (Click the Button Below):

WGRZ News also reported that Niagara Falls is extending Pool and Cooling Center hours to help residents deal with the heat.

The News article reads as such:

Pools and splash pads in the city will be open extended hours Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to  6 p.m. at Center Court, D'Amelio Park, 91st St. and the Hyde Park Splash Pad.  In addition, the air-conditioned John Duke Senior Center will have extended cooling hours from 8 A.M. until 6 P.M. on Thursday and Friday.

Per the WGRZ News website, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has offered these tips as the dangerous weather approaches:

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein says anyone can be affected by a heat-related illness, although some are more affected than others.

People over 65 years old, children under 4 years old, people who have chronic illnesses, and those who take certain medications can be more susceptible to extreme heat.

“When temperature and humidity combine to make it feel in the 90s and 100s, it causes conditions that can be dangerous for humans and pets,” Burstein said. “Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the main health concerns with hot weather, but by taking precautions these are preventable conditions.”

The ECDOH advises everyone to stay safe during this time by drinking lots of water, limiting the amount of time spent outdoors, by wearing loose or lightweight clothing, and by hanging out somewhere with air conditioning.

Those without air conditioning are encouraged to take advantage of public spaces that do have it. The Buffalo and Erie County public libraries are designated cooling centers where anyone can go to cool off. Just make sure to check their hours beforehand.

Those looking for other options can also take advantage of the central air at a mall, grocery stores, movie theaters, or community centers. Various public pools and splash pads will also be open across Western New York.

According to the ECDOH, electric fans should not be used when the temperature is over 95 degrees outside. While fans circulate air, they do not reduce body temperature, and could potentially increase the risk of a heat-related illness.

In case of Emergency, you are urged to call 911.

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