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City Provides Safety Tips in Advance of Excessive Heat Threat

There is an excessive heat threat for this weekend into early next week as a hot and humid air mass moves into the region. The excessive heat and humidity forecast is highest on Sunday and Monday, when much of the region has forecast max heat indices between 95 and 104 degrees. The heat index is a measure of how hot it really feels when relative humidity is factored in with air temperature. Hot weather can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, young children, and those who work outdoors. Remember to take frequent breaks if working outside and drink plenty of water to beat the heat.

The following tips can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
  • Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
  • Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
  • Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes cooling down much more difficult.
  • Cooling centers: If no air conditioning or fans are in your home, consider visiting with friends or family that have air-conditioning or shopping areas such as the mall.

For additional resources about summer and heat safety, visit www.norwalkct.org.

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