Extreme heat affects everyone, especially vulnerable groups like unhoused people, pregnant women, people with heart or lung conditions, young children, older adults, athletes, and outdoor workers.
Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, utilize the locations below to stay out of the heat. Please call ahead to ensure the location is open.
Buses will provide free rides for you to stay cool as you get to your next destination.View routes
Toledo Lucas County Public Libraries
Visit your local branch to stay cool and refill your water bottle at a filling station.See locations
Area Office on Aging
Some centers may provide extended hours during extreme heat events.See locations
Thanks to the help of our partners, there are many cooling shelters available across Lucas County. Use the map to search for cooling shelters in your area or contact us if you need to make changes to your location.
Watch for Warning Signs
Confusion, dizziness, slurred speech, or unconsciousness are signs of heat stroke. When these types of symptoms are present, call 911 immediately and stay cool with ice or cold water until help arrives.
Stay Cool Indoors
Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, utilize the locations below to stay out of the heat. If you have to spend time outdoors, follow these steps to avoid exhaustion and other illnesses.
- Wear sunscreen
- Pace yourself, do not over exert energy
- Schedule outdoor time in the morning or afternoon to avoid peak heat
- Don't leave children or animals in your car.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Other hydration tips:
- Stay away from sugarey and alocoholic drinks.
- Avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
- Keep your pets hydrated, provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them. Monitor those you know who are more vulnerable during extreme heat.