The City of East Point Fire Department has established Cooling Stations in each of its three fire stations.Citizens are invited to stop by the following Fire Stations to rest, hydrate and cool down to avoid heat related illnesses:
• Fire Station # 2: 3171 Norman Berry Drive
• Fire Station # 3: 3800 North Commerce Drive
• Fire Station # 4: 2222 Ben Hill Road
Elderly individuals, infants, children and persons with chronic medical conditions are more susceptible to heat stress which can lead to heat related illnesses and
death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 1979 and 2003, there were a reported 8,015 deaths in the U.S. caused by exposure to extreme heat. The CDC indicated that during that period more people in the U.S. died from heat than from natural disasters (floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.) combined.
East Point Fire Chief Rosemary R. Cloud says establishing Cooling Stations is an avenue toward helping those who could become potential victims of the heat. “A majority of heat disorders occur due to prolonged exposure to extreme heat, and humidity or because a person has engaged in an activity beyond their body’s ability to make normal adjustments,” said Chief Cloud. “Consequently, problems with hyperthermia can occur when the body absorbs or produces more heat than it can expel.”
Cooling Stations are one approach that the Fire Department is taking to assist East Point residents to stay cool. “The Cooling Stations are our way of taking a pro-active position to off-set what could be tragic consequences,” stated Chief Cloud.
For more information please visit http://eastpointcity.org/index.aspx?nid=63
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