Cooling station

Tuesday was the official launch of the Salvation Army’s summer heat relief program, as heat indexes in Texas were forecast to hit triple digits later in the day, according to a news release.

The Salvation Army is activating 13 cooling stations across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the Denton location at 1508 E. McKinney St., to provide life-saving relief for the homeless, people without air conditioning and those whose jobs require them to work outside.

Cooling stations provide two necessary things for those at risk of heat exposure:

  • Hydration — People should drink plenty of water when it’s excessively hot. Cold water will be available each day throughout the summer. With scorching temperatures, it’s important for people to drink water before they get thirsty and to continue drinking throughout the day.
  • A cool environment — Increasing the amount of time spent in air-conditioned environments helps the body cool off and lessens the likelihood of getting overheated. The Salvation Army’s cooling stations provide a cool environment where people can cool off for a brief time or stay all day.

The Denton cooling station will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

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