The City of Rochester held its first Cool Sweep of the year Monday. Some city fire hydrants and spray parks are in full use, helping residents beat the heat.
When temperatures soar, Tabitha Weaver brings one-year-old Nico and three-year-old Belladawn to the splash pad at the Edgerton Community Center.
"There's not a lot of resources for the kids to get wet when it's this hot," said Weaver.
Precious Taylor watches children at a nearby daycare center. She said the spray park is one of their favorite spots.
"They want to come almost everyday."
With temperatures near 90, people were looking for ways to beat the heat. Dr. Bryan Gargano said Rochester General Hospital's Emergency Department has already had its share of patients coming in with heat-related illnesses like heat exhaustion; many because they're just not drinking enough water.
"As you look at heat-related issues, you go from heat exhaustion to heat stroke, and as you pass through that continuum, one of the first things that happens is that you stop sweating, you start getting dry and your body loses the ability to cool itself. That's when you get into get into trouble."
Gargano suggests if you're going to be outside, avoid the hottest noon-time hours and drink plenty of fluids, and don't forget the sunscreen for yourself and your kids. Dr. Gargano says it's important to put it on about 20-30 minutes before you go out so your skin can absorb it.
City leaders announced Cool Sweep will be in effect through Wednesday.
Cool Sweep Locations
Hydrant locations (noon to 4 p.m.):
• School No. 22 parking lot, 27 Zimbrich St.
• School No. 41 parking lot, 279 W. Ridge Rd.
• Roxie A. Sinkler Recreation Center, 75 Grover St.
• Baden Park gateway, Vienna Street.
Cool Sweep spray park locations (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):
• Carter Street Community Center, 500 Carter St.
• Edgerton Community Center, 41 Backus St.
• Humboldt Community Center, 1045 Atlantic Ave.
• David F. Gantt Community Center, 700 North St.
• Thomas P. Ryan Community Center, 530 Webster Ave.
• Fourth and Peck Playground (spray feature only, not a full spray park), corner of Fourth and Peck Streets
• Manhattan Square Park (spray feature only, not a full spray park), 25 Manhattan Square Dr.
• Troup Street Park (spray feature only, not a full spray park), Troup and Van Auker Streets
Cool Sweep swimming opportunities are available at:
• Adams Street Community Center Pool, 85 Adams St., noon to 9 p.m.
• Avenue D Community Center Pool, 200 Avenue D, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Durand Eastman Beach, 1000 Lakeshore Blvd. Lot A only, Lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Flint Street Community Center Pool, 271 Flint St., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Genesee Valley Park Pool, 131 Elmwood Ave., noon to 9 p.m.
• East High School, 1801 East Main St., 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Marshall High School Pool, 180 Ridgeway Ave. (Avis Street entrance), Monday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Monroe High School Pool, 164 Alexander St. (Pearl St. entrance), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Thomas Jefferson High School, 1 Edgerton Pk. (entrance on west side of building), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School, 501 Genesee St. (main building entrance), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information on Cool Sweep hours and locations, the public is invited to call the Genesee Valley Park Pool at 428-7888.