We're only officially two days into summer, but it's already been blazing hot, and bound to get hotter. As temperatures creep into the triple digits and heat advisories get issued, the Quincy Salvation Army is opening the Kroc Center as a cooling center on extremely hot days.


It can seem easy to avoid the heat, like staying indoors, but it's just too darn nice to stay cooped up inside like you did all winter, so you venture out. You've got your hat, your light, breathable clothing, you stick to the shade you can find, and you stay hydrated. But as Robert Burns wrote, "the best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew." Heat exhaustion can sneak up on you and grab you when you least expect it.

So if you find yourself in Downtown Quincy, in desperate need of a coool down, head on into the Kroc Center at 405 Vermont between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and take a quick break from the oven that is the great outdoors. This service is available seven days a week, any day there is a heat advisory issued.

For more information your health and how it's affected by the extreme heat, the Centers for Disease Control has a handy chart for symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke, and what to do in each scenario.

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