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Town Opening Cooling Centers For Residents To Get Out Of The Heat

June 25, 2013 by Special To The ...

The following was released by the Town of Cheshire

The Cheshire Office of Emergency Management in conjunction with the Human Services Department is opening a cooling center at the Senior Center located at the 240 Maple Ave. The Senior Center is open for its regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will remain open June 25 and 26, until 7 p.m. The center will also remain open Thursday, June 27, for extended hours if necessary; contact the Center at (203) 272-8286 for the most current schedule. Transportation will be available for those unable to drive call (203) 272-0047 for information and to make arrangements for pick up.
According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to exceed 90 degrees during the day time hours through the end of this week. Cooling centers are public places, such as the Senior Center, where air conditioning is available and the public can go to get some respite from the heat. Heatstroke/illness is serious. Prolonged exposure to the heat can be harmful and potentially fatal. The added stress caused by heat can also aggravate heart or lung disease even without symptoms of heat illness.
Call your doctor or go to the emergency room right away if you have these symptoms:
*Hot, dry skin or cold, clammy skin
*Nausea or vomiting
*Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
*Confusion, hallucinations, disorientation

The risk for getting sick during a heat wave is increased for people who:
*Are younger than five, or older than 64
*Have chronic medical or mental health conditions
*Take medications, which can disrupt the regulation of body temperature
*Are confined to their beds or unable to leave their homes
*Are overweight

Beat the Heat Tips:
*Use an air conditioner if you have one.
*If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as an air-conditioned store, mall, museum or movie theater. Or, visit a cooling center.
*Use a fan if the air is not too hot. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside. Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open.
*Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
*If possible, stay out of the sun. When you’re in the sun, wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible, wear a hat to protect your face and head, and use sunscreen (at least SPF 15) to protect exposed skin.
*Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car.
*Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4:00 am and 7:00 a.m.
*Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.

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