Office of Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland                                             


Date: Friday, July 19, 2019                                                                                   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                 


contact: Aigner Cleveland

Press Secretary


Cooling Stations to Open in Chester on Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21


(CHESTER, PA) – The city of Chester’s Office of Emergency Management announced today that Cooling Stations will be established due to the heat forecasted over the next few days.


The Cooling Stations will be operational from noon – 8:00pm beginning Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21, 2019. 



Salvation Army – Chapel

151 E. 15th St.


Cooling Hours: 12p.m. – 8p.m.


Booker T. Washington Community Center

611 Central Ave.


Cooling Hours: 12p.m. – 8p.m.


Anyone interested in going to a cooling station should contact the location prior to arriving. 


Residents are asked to keep a close eye on very young children and the elderly. 



Additional safety tips that will keep you safe and assist in avoiding the excessive heat include:


1. Staying hydrated is critical. Drink plenty of liquids, preferably water, and avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages. Eat well-balanced and light meals.

2. Wear lightweight fabrics that are light colored and loose fitting.

3. Limit or refrain from outdoor activities, avoid strenuous work and avoid exposure to the heat and sun as much as possible—especially mid-day when the temperature is at its peak.

4. Close the shades or curtains in your house or apartment. If you do not have air conditioning and are using a fan, remember to leave a window open. Never close all of the windows, ventilation is vital to keeping the interior of the house cool.

5. Remain in a cool environment. Areas that typically have air conditioning include malls, restaurants, shopping facilities, recreation centers, public libraries and movie theaters.

6. Shower or bathe in water that is near skin temperature.

7. Never leave children, pets, or anyone unattended in closed vehicles. A responsible adult should be left in the car and the car should be left running with the air conditioning on.

8. Those taking regular medications should consult with their physician or pharmacist. In hot weather, some medications may not have their usual beneficial effect or may cause an adverse reaction.

9. Be aware of the signs of heat stress which include confusion, dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration), dizziness, fainting, fatigue, headache muscle or abdominal cramps or nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.


If you are in need of immediate medical assistance, please call 911.