City offices closed Thursday, cooling center open
The offices of the City of Merced will be closed Thursday, July 4, in honor of the Independence Day holiday. The cooling center operated in the Merced Civic Center will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. July 4.
There will not be trash collection on Thursday. People with regular collection on Thursday will have their refuse picked up Friday and those with Friday collection days will have garbage picked up on Saturday.
There will be extra staffing of both the Merced Police Department and the Merced Fire Department to help make sure everyone has a safe and sane Fourth of July. The public safety staff also reminds people that only legal fireworks are allowed in the City, and those are the so-called “safe and sane fireworks” available for sale in the City limits.
The City cooling center will be open from today, July 2, through Saturday, July 6. Temperatures are expected to drop to 96 by Sunday.
The Cooling Center will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St. The Center will be staffed by the Parks and Recreation Department.
During the hot weather everyone should drink plenty of fluids, avoid caffeine and alcohol, dress in cool clothes, wear a hat and stay out of the sun whenever possible.
Residents are asked to check up on neighbors who may be susceptible to excessive heat such as the elderly, infirmed or those with young children. Check up on them twice a day to make sure they are OK. And remember that pets also need extra care and water due to the hot weather.