7 more cooling centers open for San Antonio, Bexar County residents due to high heat

With record high temperatures, it’s essential to remember risk of heat exhaustion if people are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time

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SAN ANTONIO – With the heat index expected to reach more than 100 degrees throughout the week, the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have opened cooling centers to provide relief from the heat.

The cooling centers provide residents a place to cool off to help prevent heat-related illnesses, city officials say.

The City of San Antonio has several cooling centers open and available to the public during normal business hours.

Those interested can click here for a map and a list of the cooling centers.

Bexar County officials said seven of its cooling centers will be open from 1-9 p.m. through Friday, June 24. Following is a list of the centers:

  • ESD 2 – 2096 Talley Road, San Antonio, TX
  • ESD 3 – 23103 Bulverde Road, San Antonio, TX
  • ESD 5 – 7120 East Sixth Street, Somerset, TX
  • ESD 8 – 20825 Babcock Road, San Antonio, TX
  • ESD 10 – 9100 South Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX
  • ESD 12 – 14229 FM 1346, Saint Hedwig, TX
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office – 9810 Southton Road, San Antonio, TX

And with record-high temperatures, the city wants to remind everyone that it is essential to remember the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke if individuals are exposed to high temperatures for extended periods of time.

Warning signs of heat stroke include red skin, nausea, vomiting, and weak pulse, according to the city. It is essential to drink plenty of water to ensure relief and hydration.

Those traveling with children or pets should not leave them in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car, call 911 or San Antonio Animal Care Services at 210-207-4738.

VIA said they are offering free trips to and from the cooling centers, as long as they remain open.

The Bexar County Fire Marshal reiterates that the county is still under a burn ban. With dry winds forecasted through the weekend, a simple spark can ignite a grassfire.

CPS Energy said they are also closely monitoring the expected high-power demand due to the high temperatures. According to the energy company “people can save energy and money on their utility bills by following tips that can be found on the Energy Saving Tips webpage.

While the expected high temperatures won’t affect indoor water service, Stage 2 outdoor watering rules are in place due to Edwards Aquifer levels. Watering outdoors during the week is allowed only between 7 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 11 p.m. on your designated day, according to the City of San Antonio.

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