Cooling centers open in Columbia

      As the tempertures rise, the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services has opened a series of cooling centers.

      The centers will be available to the public during normal business hours.

      Here is a list of cooling centers:

      ARC (Activity and Recreation Center) at 1707 West Ash Street - 573.874.7700

      Armory Sports and Community Center at 701 East Ash Street - 573.874.7466

      Boone County Government Center at 801 East Walnut - 573.886.4305

      Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health & Human Services at 1005 West Worley - 573.874.7488

      Columbia Public Library at 100 West Broadway - 573.443.3161

      Salvation Army at 1108 West Ash Street - 573.442.3229

      Salvation Army Harbor House at 602 North Ann - 573.442.1984

      St. Francis House at 901 Rangeline - 573.875.4913

      The health department recommends several steps for preventing heat-related illness:

      Dress for the heat and use a hat or umbrella to block the sun.

      Drink water and avoid alcohol beverages and caffeine.

      Eat small meals and eat more often.

      Stay indoors with air-conditioning when possible.

      Take regular breaks when physically active.