With temperatures forecasted to be around 100° starting this Sunday, it’s important to be prepared for heat safety. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Watch starting Sunday, August 13 through at least Thursday, August 17. People need to take precautions to stay safe and be aware of the dangers of heat. High heat can significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.

Heat-related illnesses can be prevented by taking a few simple steps. Be sure to drink plenty of water, spend time in an air-conditioned place, wear light-colored, loose clothing, and stay out of the sun. The City of Springfield has several resources available to help people keep cool including air conditioning in City Hall public areas during regularly scheduled hours. The City Hall fountain will also be running during these times. In addition to City Hall, Willamalane has several facilities available for cooling during their regular business hours.

Springfield’s City Hall lobby, 225 5th St. (individual department office hours vary):

  • Sunday – Closed (Fountain operating 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
  • Monday – 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday – 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Willamalane’s Bob Keefer Center, 250 S. 32nd St.:

  • Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.
  • Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Willamalane’s Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St.:

  • Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday- Sunday: Closed

High heat can be extremely dangerous and is a leading cause of weather-related fatalities each year. People are reminded to take care of themselves and if they’re able, look out for others during this heat too. It’s important to check up on relatives and neighbors, especially those who are elderly. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Learn more ways to stay safe during a heat wave at http://www.weather.gov/heat