Credit: State of Connecticut
The heat index and forecast for this week from the state of Connecticut.
Greetings Greenwich friends and neighbors. With the onset of an extended heat wave this week, I have announced the opening of several cooling stations around Town for Residents seeking relief from the heat. With the cooperation of my emergency management team, we have designated several facilities that have been opened immediately for the comfort and well-being of residents. The facilities will be open today, Monday, July 18, through Monday, July 25. Our libraries, the Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, Town Hall and the Greenwich Public Safety Complex are available to any resident who needs a respite from the stagnant weather system that will cause temperatures to rise into the mid-90s with high levels of humidity through the coming weekend. There is a threat of thunderstorms each day, according to the National Weather Service. All residents, especially persons who are young, elderly, have medical or mental health conditions, use medications that impede body temperature regulation, those who do not have air conditioning, those whose work requires outdoor activities and people who are socially isolated are encouraged to pay special attention to the weather and utilize these Town facilities. Cooling centers:
Greenwich Library, 101 W. Putnam Ave.:
Perrot Memorial Library, 90 Sound Beach Ave., Old Greenwich:
Byram Shubert Library, 21 Mead Ave.:
Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob:
Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center, 449 Pemberwick Road.
Greenwich Public Safety Complex, 11 Bruce Place:
Town Hall, 101 Field Point Road:
Keep children and pets inside, except for brief stays outdoors. Always avoid direct sunlight exposure and give pets plenty of water to drink. Drink plenty of fluids regardless of your activity. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or with large amounts of sugar and salt. Those who are on a restricted fluid intake should check with their physician. Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle even if the windows are open. Don’t leave food items in the car or outdoors – food spoils quickly. It is important to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses that can become medical emergencies. HEAT STROKE is also called “sunstroke.” The victim’s temperature control system, which produces sweat to cool the body, stops working. The skin is flushed, hot, and dry, and body temperature may be elevated. The victim may also be confused, develop seizures, breathe shallowly and have a weak or rapid pulse. This is the most serious heat-related illness and people exhibiting these symptoms should seek emergency medical attention by calling 911. HEAT CRAMPS are muscular pains and spasms resulting from heavy exertion. Although heat cramps are the least severe heat-related illness, they are an early signal that the body is having trouble coping with the heat and should be treated immediately with rest and fluids. Stretching or direct pressure can also reduce cramps. Unless very severe, heat cramps do not require emergency medical attention. HEAT EXHAUSTION occurs when body fluids are lost through heavy sweating due to vigorous exercise or working in a hot, humid place. Symptoms include sweating; pale, clammy skin; fatigue; headache; dizziness; shallow breaths; and a weak or rapid pulse. Victims of heat exhaustion are tired but not confused. The condition should be treated with rest in a cool area, drinking water or electrolyte solutions, elevating the feet 12 inches, and further medical treatment in severe cases. If not treated, the victim’s condition may escalate to heat stroke. If the victim does not respond to basic treatment, seek medical attention. HEAT TERMS:
TIPS FOR STAYING COOL:
Stay safe and cool. Fred