With temperatures often in the three digits these days, we invite you to cool off at any of our 25 branches . All branches have air conditioning and plenty of places to sit and relax. You might also want to peruse our collection of books, DVDs, and audios. This would also be a great time to take a free computer class or bring your child to storytime . All branches have a variety of programming this summer to help keep you cool.
County health officials offer these tips to keep cool:
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If you don't have air conditioning, stay in the coolest part of the house and use electric fans.
- Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you don't feel thirsty. Your body needs fluids to keep cool. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
- Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you work outside, do it during the coolest part of the day.
- Eat smaller meals, but eat more often.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and a hat.
- Always use sunscreen. Sunburn makes the body's job of keeping cool more difficult.
- Although all are vulnerable to excessive heat, be sure to check on the elderly, children, and those who are ill as they are particularly at risk.
- Ensure that your pets are provided with shade and adequate water.
For additional information on the heat emergency, see the Harris County Office of Homeland Securitiy and Emergency Management