Extreme heat is forecasted for this weekend. We ask all residents to prepare themselves for the weather. Please check on neighbors, especially older adults, and people with disabilities. If you need somewhere to cool down, the Fire Station Headquarters is available until 7:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. If the Fire Station reaches an uncomfortable number of people, the Senior Center will be opened as a cooling center.
The Board of Health issued the following heat safety tips for all members
of the public:
· Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of time.
· Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-30 or higher and wear protective, loose-fitting clothing, including hats.
· Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the sun's UV radiation is strongest.
· Keep cool with showers, shade, and ventilation. Visit a shopping center or restaurant if you need a cool place to visit. Or alternatively, the Fire Station is available if you need it. You can wet yourself at the Ray Street playground and splash pad or by visiting Memorial Beach too.
· Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
· Know the signs of heat exhaustion. Heavy sweating, cool and clammy skin, dizziness, nausea, and muscle aches could all be signs of heat exhaustion. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.
· If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of six.
· Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer's specifications.
· Again, please check on neighbors, especially older adults, and people with disabilities. Community partners are encouraged to share information on preparedness, safety, and resources within their networks.
· If you see homeless individuals out in the heat who appear immobile or disoriented, please call 911. Please ask them if they need assistance.
· Additional tips and resources can be found at www.weather.gov/safety/heat
for Code Red is a great way for residents and businesses to be notified in the event of an emergency. If the Town opens a cooling center at the Senior Center, you will receive a direct message via text, call, or email.