With a heat wave expected to blanket Central Ohio through the weekend, area families are looking for a way to stay cool.
Several area swimming pools were crowded, on Friday.
“It’s crazy,” said Christony Watson, who was at Dodge Pool. “It’s crazy how hot it is, but you’ve got to adjust.”
According to the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, all of the city’s pools will be open this weekend from 1:30 until 6:30 p.m., with the Dodge and Tuttle pools staying open until 7:30 p.m.
Also on Friday, firefighters responded to the area of 21st and Hamilton Avenues due to a fire hydrant that had been opened.
Residents can be ticketed for opening hydrants, which city officials said runs the risk of damaging not only the hydrants, but also the water lines.
“We realize that for some people there aren’t a lot of alternatives,” said George Zonders, a spokesman for Columbus Public Utilities. “Please do not do anything to the fire hydrants.”
Some residents are riding out the heat wave, with no air condition at home.
LifeCare Alliance is trying to help with its annual Beat the Heat Campaign, by collecting and distributing fans to those in need.
If you are interested in donating a new and unused fan, you can do so at any Franklin County fire station. Donations are also accepted at 670 Harmon Avenue, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on weekdays.
Those in need of a fan are encouraged to call the hotline at (614) 437-2870.