Ways to beat the heat during the week

Staff photo by Hannah LaClaire Matt Carrier and his son Alex, 2, check out the fountain and try to stay cool at Nashua’s Greeley Park Friday afternoon.

NASHUA – As a heat wave sweeps through the Northeast this week, city officials are asking that residents try to stay as cool as possible for safety reasons.

“We’ve seen increased numbers of several day-long heat events that are correlated with hospital visits and heat-related injuries,” city Director of Emergency Management Justin Kates said.

“Historically in New England, people have been able to get by without air conditioning” he said, but urged those with the ability to purchase a small window unit to do so.

For those who can’t afford it, he suggested going to a public building which features air conditioning.

The city is also introducing a new “pilot program,” Kates said, called the “Cool Bus,” to transport people to and from the Pheasant Lane Mall for free on Sunday when Nashua Transit does not usually operate.

To request transportation, call Nashua Transit System Dispatch at 603-880-0100 and provide address information. All riders need to be back on the bus by 6 p.m. when the mall closes. All pickups will be made at the Food Court Bus Stop. If you need to be picked up before 6 p.m. call a dispatcher to arrange pickup from the Food Court Bus Stop. Transportation will not be available after 6 p.m.

Bobbie Bagley, Nashua director of the Division of Public Health and Community Services, also warned that for people without AC and using fans, if there is nowhere for the air to circulate (such as an open window), the air can create a dangerous convection oven-like effect.

Bagley also said that while the temperatures are not supposed to go down all that much in the evening, it may be easier to cool off outside once the sun has gone down.

Finally, she emphasized that residents should check on their neighbors, especially the elderly who may be at greater risk for heat stroke.

There are four city cooling centers and their locations and hours are as follows:

 Pheasant Lane Mall, open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4. Pheasant Lane Mall is located at 310 Daniel Webster Hwy.

 Nashua Public Library, open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closed Sunday and July 4. The library is located at Two Court St.

 YMCA of Greater Nashua, open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed on July 4. The YMCA is located at 24 Stadium Dr.

 Nashua Senior Activity Center, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and closed Saturday, Sunday and July 4. The senior center is located at 70 Temple St.

At city pools, general swim is from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. Locations are:

 Centennial Pool on Sargents Avenue (Next to Holman Stadium)

 Crown Hill Pool on Burke Street (Near Girls Inc.)

 Rotary Pool and wading pool on Cleveland Street (near Fairgrounds Elementary School)

 Splash Pad next on National Street (next to Sandy Pond)

 Greeley Park Wading Pool on Concord Street.