Lexington is providing citizens some relief from the high temperatures and humidity as a heat advisory was declared by the National Weather Service for Lexington and will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21.
In Lexington, the Dunbar Community Center and the Lexington Senior Center will be open as relief centers. The Dunbar Community Center, located at 545 N. Upper Street, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Lexington Senior Center, located at the corner of Alumni Drive and Nicholasville Road, will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lextran is offering FREE rides for senior citizens to and from the Dunbar Community Center and the Lexington Senior Citizens Center. For more information on the free rides, call Lextran at (859) 253-4636.
Lexington’s pools and aquatic centers will offer reduced admission prices today as well. The admission fee for children 15 years of age and under will be $1.00. The admission fee for teen-agers and adults 16 years of age and older will be $2.00. Pools and aquatic centers will operate on their normal schedules.
For more information on the location of the city pools and aquatic centers, visit the parks website at www.lexingtonky.gov/parks or call LexCall at 3-1-1 or (859) 425-2255.
The heat is especially dangerous for children, the elderly or those with medical conditions, such as asthma or breathing difficulties. Leaving a child or pet in an enclosed vehicle for even a minute can be deadly.
Residents are urged to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
If citizens need to work or spend time outside during the heat advisory period, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, call 9-1-1.
More information about what people should do during a heat advisory is available at: www.lexingtonky.gov/heatadvisory.
General information about emergency preparedness is available from the Division of Emergency Management website available at: www.bereadylexington.com or www.lexingtonky.gov/dem. Information from the division is also available through the Lexington Emergency Management Facebook page - Lexington KY Emergency Management. Information is also available via the Division of Emergency Management Twitter account: www.twitter.com/lexkyem.