Glendale safety officials are advising the public to think “heat safety” heading into a week with expected temperatures of about 110 degrees. The Arizona summer heat can be deadly and should NOT be underestimated. Following these tips will add to the safety for you and your family:
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids and limit beverages such as soda and those containing caffeine and alcohol. These types of beverages can cause dehydration.
- Use sunscreen. Be sure to re-apply if you are planning to be outside for a longer period of time.
- Activity in a cool location. Exercise should take place indoors or as early in the morning as possible.
- Cover your head. Wear a hat to provide shade.
- Never leave your children or pets in an unattended vehicle.
- Watch. Watch your children around water.
Water Hydration Stations and Respite Centers
In the event of an excessive heat warning (which has not yet been issued), Glendale's Emergency Management Division will activate city water hydration stations and respite centers. The locations within Glendale are as follows:
- O’Neil Community Center, 6448 W. Missouri Ave.
Monday-Thursday: 7:30-5:30 p.m.
- Glendale Adult Center, 5970 W. Brown St.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Foothills Library, 19055 N. 57th Ave.
Monday: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 1-5 p.m.
Saturday: noon - 5 p.m.
- Velma Teague Library, 7010 N. 58th Ave.
Monday: 1-8 p.m.
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 1-8 p.m.
Saturday: 1-5 p.m.
- Glendale CAP Office, 5949 W. Northern Ave.
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates all Valley hydration stations and respite centers by creating a map of the Valley locations and distributing it throughout locations where vulnerable populations are frequently present. These locations are a place of temporary refuge for anyone who needs to get out of the heat, cool down and get a drink of water. As listed above, these locations are only available during their normal business hours. The city has bottled water, which is donated from the Salvation Army, and distributes it to these locations when needed.
During this time of year, expect these warnings from the National Weather Service to become more frequent. Typically, they are only issued when temperatures are above 110 for multiple days in a row and/or the nighttime temperatures do not drop below 85.