Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Local health and public safety officials are urging residents to play it cool during an expected heatwave that could last several days.

One option to stay cool is to catch a ride on a city bus. Rochester Public Transit is offering free rides on July 2- 4, giving residents “an air conditioned ride to a cool place.”  Riders simply tell the bus driver they are taking the free offer for “A Cool Place to Be.”

Public health officials encourage residents to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and utilizing air-conditioning.  If air-conditioning is not available, seek public buildings such as malls during the heat of the day.  Children and pets should never be left unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows rolled down or for a few minutes. 

The city also reminds residents that social distancing, the use of face coverings as well as other COVID-19 reduction methods are important to maintain.

Quick Tips for Staying Cool:

Use air conditioning or spend time in air-conditioned locations
Limit your time outdoors, including outdoor activities such as sports, lawn mowing, and home improvement projects
Take frequent breaks if you must be outside
Minimize direct exposure to the sun
Stay hydrated by drinking water or nonalcoholic fluids
Take a cool bath or shower
Wear loose fitting, light-colored clothes

Check on your neighbors, friends and family members, especially those who are older or have health issues.

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