Heat Advisory Tips

Air-Conditioned spaces

  • Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St. for heat relief. The library hours are Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St., M- F 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

  • Movie theaters and shopping malls

Swimming There are two locations in Newton where residents can go for a swim to cool off. Financial assistance for entry is available by application for Newton residents in need. 


Crystal Lake - Lake Avenue, Newton Highlands


Gath Pool - Albermarle Road, West Newton


Power Outages In the event of a power outage, please contact Eversource at 800-592-20 to report the outage. 


Hot weather is anticipated this week, so read on for a few tips 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 such as the library, a shopping mall, movie theater, the Senior Center or other public building.)
  • 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.

  • Seniors can use NewMo (new ride sharing system) to get to some air-conditioned spaces in Newton. For more information on NewMo and other transportation options, call the Senior Center at 617-796-1660.

Emergencies

As always, for emergencies call 911 for assistance.

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