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City Officials: Seek shelter, stay safe during heat wave
June 21, 2022

KNOXVILLE -- With summer temperatures soaring into the upper 90s, Knoxville first responders and safety advocates have a simple message: Seek out ways to stay cool and avoid a medical emergency.

There are plenty of public places that offer air-conditioning and shelter from the sun. These include City recreation centers, senior centers and Knox County libraries.

The City’s two outdoor public pools – Ed Cothren Pool, 1737 Reynolds St., and Inskip Pool, 4204 Bruhin Road – are open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 per person per visit at Inskip Pool, $3 per person per visit at Ed Cothren Pool. Splash Passes offering discounted rates are available for frequent visitors.

There also are City outdoor play fountains at Market Square, Krutch Park and World’s Fair Park.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are encouraged to seek shelter at the City’s day safe space at Broadway and Magnolia, which offers full shade and water, as well as access to outdoor furniture, restrooms and showers. Onsite security also is provided.

People who have lost utility services, or who live in a house or apartment without air-conditioning, may also be at risk during heat waves. Anyone needing help connecting with a social service provider should call 2-1-1.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Department of Health offers these important safety tips:

And the Knoxville Fire Department has these suggestions on ways to avoid sun stress and heat-related illnesses:


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