New Haven Prepares to Open Cooling Centers Tuesday, City Health Department Warns Residents of the Health Risks of Extreme Temperatures
(7/5/2010) (NEW HAVEN)--Due to extreme temperatures expected for the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, the City of New Haven will be activating “cooling centers” for the public to provide relief from the heat. If high temperatures and humidity continue after Wednesday, these “cooling centers” will remain open. Please check your local news for additional updates.
Please be advised that anyone attending a cooling location should bring lunch or snacks as no food will be served at these sites. Seniors are reminded that senior centers require 24 hour notice for senior meals.
The following locations will serve as “cooling centers” for seniors in New Haven:
These Cooling Center Locations will be open until 4:00 PM:
•Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street, New Haven
•Dixwell/Newhallville Senior Center at 255 Goffe Street, New Haven
(People with wheelchairs will need assistance to help travel up ramp)
?East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue, New Haven
The following location will serve as a “cooling center” for the general public:
This Cooling Center Location will be open until 7:00 PM:
•Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School at 150 Kimberly Avenue, New Haven
This is the only cooling center that is fully wheelchair accessible.
Please note that Senior Centers will be open from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM & Betsy Ross will be open from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM.
The New Haven Health Department advises citizens to be aware of the dangers to health regarding exposure to extreme heat and recommends that people without air conditioning spend time in locations with air-conditioning (like the mall or library) or one of the City’s Cooling Centers.
The following is Educational Information and Tips from the New Haven Health Department Regarding the Health Risks of Extreme Heat
Dangers related to exposure to extreme heat include:
What are the symptoms of Heat Exhaustion?
Heat exhaustion symptoms include: headaches; dizziness or lightheadedness; weakness; mood changes such as irritability, confusion, or the inability to think straight; upset stomach; vomiting; decreased or dark-colored urine; fainting or passing out; and pale, clammy skin
What should you do?
• Act immediately. If not treated, heat exhaustion may advance to heat stroke and death.
• Move the person to a cool, shaded area to rest. Don’t leave the person alone. If symptoms include dizziness or lightheadedness, lay the person on his or her back and raise the legs 6 to 8 inches. If symptoms include nausea or upset stomach, lay the person on his or her side.
• Loosen and remove any heavy clothing.
• Have the person drink cool water (about a cup every 15 minutes) unless sick to the stomach.
• Cool the person’s body by fanning and spraying with a cool mist of water or applying a wet cloth to the person’s skin.
• Call 911 for emergency help if the person does not feel better in a few minutes.
What is Heat Stroke?
Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself down. It can cause death or permanent injury if treatment is not provided.
What Are the Symptoms of Heat Stroke?
An extremely high body temperature (over 103°F); Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating); Rapid, strong pulse; Throbbing headache; Dizziness; Nausea; Confusion; Unconsciousness
What Should You Do?
If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance (911) while you begin cooling the person. Do the following:
• Get the person to a shady area.
• Cool the person rapidly using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the person in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the person with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.
• Monitor body temperature, and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F.
• If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions.
• Do not give the person fluids to drink.
• Get medical assistance as soon as possible.
Sometimes a person's muscles will begin to twitch uncontrollably as a result of heat stroke. If this happens, keep the person from injuring himself, but do not place any object in the mouth and do not give fluids. If there is vomiting, make sure the airway remains open by turning the person on his or her side.
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