Hot Weather Information, Cooling Centers, Pools and Other Information

Here are some tips to follow during hot, humid weather: 

:·        Slow down, avoid strenuous activity.  Do not try to do too much on a hot day.

·       Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.  Light colors will reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature. Protect your face with a wide-brimmed hat.

·         Drink plenty of water regularly and often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Attempt to stay hydrated.

·         Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.  They can actually dehydrate your body.

·         Eat well-balanced, light, regular meals.  Avoid high protein foods that increase metabolic heat.

·         Stay indoors as much as possible. 

·        If you do not have air conditioning, stay on your lowest floor, out of the sun.  Electric fans do not cool the air, but they do help evaporate perspiration, which cools your body.

·        Go to a place where you can get relief from the heat, such as air conditioned schools, libraries, theaters and other community facilities that may offer refuge during the warmest times of the day.

·         Check with your community for information about possible local ‘cooling centers’.

·        Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings or louvers.  Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80%.

·        Avoid too much sunshine.  Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself.  If you are outside, use sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating.

·          Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

·          Do not leave pets outside for extended periods.  Make sure that pets have plenty of drinking water.

·          Check on family, friends and neighbors.

In normal weather, the body’s internal thermostat produces perspiration that evaporates and cools the body.  However, in extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain normal temperature, which may lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  If you believe you, or anyone you are with, is experiencing a heat-related medical emergency, promptly call 911, and if possible, move to a cooler place.

Keep your four legged friends safely and comfortably at home during the extreme heat. 

  • Never leave an animal in a parked car.  Car rides can quickly turn deadly as the inside of a car can reach temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in several minutes.
  • Bring outdoor animals into cooler areas of your home.  If they must stay outside, ensure they have protection from the sun.  A dog house does not provide relief or protection from the heat.  Access to plenty of shade and cool, potable water is critical to their well being.
  • Limit exercise to hours when the sun is down and take it easy or better yet, wait until the heat wave ends.  Pets are prone to heat exhaustion just like people.  In addition, hot asphalt can burn their feet.
  • Animals are susceptible to sunburn.  Be sure any topical sunscreen products you use are labeled for use on animals.

COOLING CENTERS OPENING IN THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD 

Mayor Sarno along with the Director of Health and Human Services Helen R. Caulton-Harris announced today that the City of Springfield will open cooling centers in the City on Saturday,

June 1st. The sites are:

Sites/Libraries

Address

Forest Park Branch

380 Belmont Ave.

Indian Orchard Branch

44 Oak St.

Liberty Branch

773 Liberty St.

Sixteen Acres Branch

1187 Parker St. 

Sites will open at 11 AM and cease operations at 3:00PM.   

Heat stress is a serious condition that poses a health threat to many people, particularly the elderly.  Heat stress places a strain on the body, and if the strain becomes too great, it can cause serious and permanent damage, even death. Preventive measures should be taken in order to avoid heat stress. 

Certain medical conditions and prescription drugs can make you more vulnerable you more vulnerable to heat stress. Those who have high blood pressure, diabetes, a weak or damaged heart, infection or fever, diarrhea, problems with circulation, skin diseases, sunburn, those who are overweight, or who have had a previous stroke are at a greater risk of falling victim to heat stress.  In addition, those who take medication for sleeplessness, high blood pressure, nervousness, depression, or poor circulation are also more susceptible to heat stress. If you fall into either of these categories, consult your doctor of pharmacist for advice.

Loss of appetite, lack of energy, fainting, and cramps are signs that you are losing the battle against heat.  Take the appropriate steps to protect yourself.

BEACHES

Chicopee State Park, Chicopee

Regatta Point, Worcester