BURRILLVILLE – With the National Weather Service warning that temperatures this weekend are expected to get into the triple digits, Safety Officer Amanda Gingell announced today that the Harrisville Fire Department will be open this weekend as a cooling station.
The station at 201 Callahan School St. will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, for public in need.
If someone arrives at the fire station and no firefighters are in station they can contact Chief Michael Gingell at (401) 692-7267.
The Jesse Smith Memorial Library is also a cooling station and residents are invited to visit the facility to cool down during regular hours.
If you are in need of a place to avoid the negative health effects of this heat wave and are unable to get to the library or the Callahan School Street station, you can call the Burrillville Police Department at 568-6255 to find a cooling center near you. The Burrillville Police station is located in the Wallace F. Lees Public Safety Complex at 1477 Victory Highway, Oakland.
NWS issued an excessive heat warning for southeast New England on Friday, noting that the heat index over the weekend could hit between 100 and 112. It is not expected to cool off much overnight, with lows in most areas only dropping to the mid 70s to near 80.The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. NWS warns that children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
The warning applies to Rhode Island, Northern Connecticut, and most of
Massachusetts including the metro areas of Boston and Providence.