NH DHHS - Cooling Centers Open Across New Hampshire for Relief from Heat

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Emergency Services Unit (ESU) has been working with communities across the State to compile a list of cooling centers that are air conditioned. These are places where people can go to escape the extremely hot weather. There are approximately 50 centers that are open at this time, located all over New Hampshire.

The list of community organizations will be updated as the conditions change. To find a center in your community please call 211. Due to the predicted high heat and humidity, DHHS is recommending people take precautions against heat-related illnesses such as, heat stroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. This is of particular concern for those who are working or exercising outside, seniors, children and people with certain medical conditions, such as heart disease and asthma. Simple precautions include remaining in an air-conditioned environment whenever possible, which is the number one protective measure, drinking plenty of fluids, but avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sugar, wearing light clothing, and limiting outdoor activity. For concerns about your health or someone else’s during excessive heat, contact your healthcare provider or call 911 for emergency assistance.

For more information on heat-related illnesses, visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov . For questions about animal health and heat, call the Department of Agriculture at 603-271-2404 or visit www.agriculture.nh.gov.

For questions related to air quality and the heat, contact the Department of Environmental Services at 603-271-1370 or visit www.airquality.nh.gov.