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Houston summer heat can be dangerous. Older folks, the very young, and people with underlying health issues are most at risk, but with heat indexes over 100, everyone needs to take extra care. Harris County Public Library branches are great places to come to cool off. You can join us for in-library programs or just find a cool, comfy place to relax and read a magazine.

For more information about heat advisories and other cooling centers, visit Harris County Emergency Management

Click on the map icons for addresses and hours libraries are open.

Safety TipsGraphic reading "Cool, comfy & Free: The Library"

When temperatures climb, follow these tips.

  • Drink lots of water even before you get thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
  • Do outdoor work or exercise in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.
  • Outdoor workers should drink plenty of water or electrolyte-replacement beverages and take frequent breaks in the shade.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothes.
  • Do not leave children, senior citizens or pets unattended in a vehicle.
    • Look before you lock. Don’t forget about sleeping children.
    • Cars heat up quickly even if the windows are slightly open.
  • Be a good neighbor, check in on seniors, people with very young children, and anyone with health issues to make sure they are okay. 


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