Wednesday, 08 August 2018 10:05

Bangor opens 'cooling center' at parks and recreation building

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BANGOR - People are doing everything they can to get some relief from the heat and oppressive humidity that has been lingering in Maine for several weeks.

Now the city of Bangor is offering a room at its Parks and Recreation Department headquarters on Main Street as a "cooling station." The measure is aimed at helping those who do not have air conditioners in their homes.

 

"You know, not everybody has the opportunity for air conditioning. Either they can't afford or they might not necessarily believe in it. But they may become so warm that they aren't comfortable. They're not feeling well. We wanted to be sure we provided an opportunity for people, at least on a limited basis," Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins said.

 

The chief suggests people check on their elderly neighbors to make sure they are okay, to leave extra water for their pets and not leave unattended children or pets in motor vehicles.