The State of Connecticut has activated its heat-related protocol and Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo has announced the opening of several cooling stations around Town for residents seeking relief from the heat and humidity as well as from air quality issues from the continued impact of the Canadian wildfires.
Mr. Camillo said the facilities will be open through the rest of this week and into the weekend as high temperatures and humid conditions are expected through at least Sunday. According to the Town of Greenwich’s Department of Health, today, July 5, the temperature will reach over 90 degrees.
For the remainder of this week temperatures are forecast to be in the high 80’s with the heat index making it feel hotter than the reported temperature.
The Town’s libraries and Bendheim Western Greenwich Civic Center will be open their regular hours, as will Town Hall. The Greenwich Public Safety Complex’s Margenot Atrium will be open 24 hours. These facilities will be available to any resident who needs a respite from the heat and humidity.
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:
The Department of Health reminds residents that heat-related illnesses are a public health threat and that 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, or those whose work requires outdoor activities and people who are socially isolated should pay special attention to the weather.
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 those with large amounts of sugar and salt. Those who are on restricted fluid intake should check with their physician.
Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle even if the windows are open and do not leave food items in the car or outdoors as food spoils quickly. It is also 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 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.
TIPS TO STAYING COOL:
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