With excessive heat in the forecast, the City of Cedar Falls is encouraging the community to take precautions and utilize cooling stations set up throughout the city.
- Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main Street: Open Monday –Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Thursday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Drinking fountain, air-conditioning, and internet access available.
- The Hearst Center for the Arts, 304 W. Seerley Boulevard: Open Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Air-conditioning, drinking fountain, and wi-fi available.
- Cedar Falls Visitor Center, 6510 Hudson Road: Open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Air-conditioning, drinking fountain available.
- Cedar Falls Public Safety- Training Room, 4600 South Main Street: Open 24/7. Air-conditioning, drinking fountain available.
The Cedar Falls Public Safety Department also urges the community to take the following measures in extreme heat:
- Always check the front and back of your vehicle before locking the door and walking away to ensure no children or pets are inside the car. Heat can cause car temperatures to rapidly rise to dangerous levels. If you are concerned that a child or animal is in distress in a hot car, please call the Public Safety Department at (319) 273-8612.
- Children and seniors are at increased risk of heat stroke and should avoid prolonged outdoor activity.
- Limit outdoor time with pets and make sure they always have access to shade and drinking water.
- Keep yourself and your family hydrated.
- Be familiar with the signs of heat exhaustion which include symptoms such as headache, lack of perspiration, cramps, and vomiting. To decrease your risk, dress in loose, lightweight clothing, avoid extraneous exercise, stay hydrated, minimize caffeine and alcohol intake, and take frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioned spaces.