Heat Relief Summer 2020

Hot weather is anticipated this week, so read on for information about how to stay cool & healthy when it's hot.

Heat Relief for the General Public

It's important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness when the weather gets hot, particularly for older people. However, people of all ages can suffer from heat-related illness.

Heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time. Signs include heavy sweating, cold/pale/clammy skin, fast/weak pulse, nausea or vomiting, muscle cramps, dizziness, headache, and fainting, . If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, move to a cool place, loosen your clothes, put cool, wet cloths on your body, and sip water. Seek medical attention immediately if you are throwing up, your symptoms get worse, or your symptoms last longer than one hour.

Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature. It can cause death or permanent disability without immediate treatment. Signs include body temperature above 103°F, red, hot and dry or damp skin, rapid, strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and losing consciousness. If someone is experiencing heat stroke, call 911 right away – heat stroke is a medical emergency. While waiting for EMS to arrive, move the person to a cooler place, apply cool cloths, and do not give the person anything to drink.

Protect yourself from the heat by following these tips:

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages such as water. Iced coffee is not hydrating! (If your doctor limits your fluids or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot.)
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment. (If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a building that does.)
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Remain indoors during the heat of the day.
  • Do not engage in strenuous activities. 
  • Never leave children or pets unattended in cars. The temperature rises rapidly in this environment and can be deadly.

 Heat Relief for Seniors

  • It’s particularly important for older adults to seek an air-conditioned space during hot weather.

Emergencies

As always, for emergencies call 911 for assistance.

Power Outages

In the event of a power outage, please contact Eversource at 800-592-2000 to report the outage. 

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