Staying cool tips, signs of heat stress, cooling centers

NY City Office of Emergency Management tips:
Drink water at regular intervals, limit strenuous activity, especially during the hottest parts of the day. New Yorkers are also urged to take precautions to prevent serious illness that can result from the heat, especially among vulnerable individuals such as seniors and those with chronic health problems.
Use air conditioning if you do not have one go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center. Cooling centers are some libraries, community and senior centers. To find one call 311 or nyc.gov
Heat stress signs: If you (or someone you know) feels weak or faint, go to a cool place and drink water. Call your 911 or go to the emergency room right away if you have these symptoms: Hot, dry skin or cold, clammy skin, Trouble breathing, Rapid heartbeat, Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness, Nausea and vomiting. Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place. Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. (In the past it was recommended to drink Gatorade and sport drinks have electrolyte to replace it in your body also salt. We want to check with the Nutrition Center) Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car.
Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick. OEM sites link http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/hazards/heat_tips.shtml
linkhttp://www.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.c0935b9a57bb4ef3daf2f1c701c789a0/index.jsppageID=mayor_press_release&catID=1194&doc_name=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fom%2Fhtml%2F2012a%2Fpr226-12.html&cc=unused1978&rc=1194&ndi=1

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