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Woodburn Public Library extends hours during heat wave to 9 p.m. through Friday

FILE PHOTO - One way to beat the heat this week is to enjoy the splash pads in Woodburn's Centennial Park and Hubbard's Rivenes Park (pictured).The Woodburn Public Library, normally open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will expand its hours until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and act as a cooling station this week.

This is in response to the National Weather Service's excessive heat warning for the Central Willamette Valley this week.

The library is located at 280 Garfield St. in downtown Woodburn.

Woodburn Fire Station will also be open as a cooling station from 1 to 8 p.m. daily through Friday.

St. Luke Catholic Church's Casey Hall (located at Third and Harrison streets) will open as a cooling station from 1 to 7 p.m. through Thursday, but will stay open later if the need arises.

In addition, Woodburn has its splash pad at Centennial Park, which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. The park is located at 900 Parr Road. The city of Hubbard also has a splash pad at Rivenes Park.

In a press release, the city offered tips from the American Red Cross on avoiding heat-releated illness:

• Never leave children or pets in enclosed vehicles.

• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids.

* Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day (3 to 4 p.m.).

• Take frequent breaks if you must work outdoors.

* Check on family, friends and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, who spend much of their time alone or who are more likely to be affected by the heat.

* Check on your pets frequently to ensure that they are not suffering.

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