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    (7/19/2011) (NEW HAVEN) - Due to extreme temperatures expected for the region on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. announced 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 Friday, 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 “cooling center” locations are for senior use only:

    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 locations will serve as a “cooling center” for the general public:

    This Cooling Center Location will be open during normal business hours:

    • New Haven Free Public Library Main Building is located at 133 Elm Street

    • Fair Haven Branch Library is located at 182 Grand Avenue

    • Mitchell Branch Library is located at 37 Harrison Street

    • Stetson Branch Library is located at 200 Dixwell Avenue in the Dixwell Plaza

    • Courtland Seymour Wilson Branch Library is located at 303 Washington Avenue (this facility is closed on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 but will reopen on Wednesday, July 20, 2011)

    The following is Educational Information and Tips from the New Haven Health Department Regarding the Health Risks of Extreme Heat

    What You Should Know About Heat-Related Illness?

    Normally, the body has ways of keeping itself cool: by letting heat escape through the skin and by evaporating sweat. If the body does not cool properly or does not cool enough, a person may suffer a heat-related illness. Heat-related illnesses can become serious or even life threatening if unattended.

    What are the symptoms of heat-related illnesses?

    Heat-related illness usually comes in stages. The symptoms of the first stage include heat cramps in muscles. Heat cramps are muscle spasms that can occur after physical activity and can be very painful.

    The signals of the second, more serious stage, often called heat exhaustion, include:

    § Cool, moist, pale skin (the skin may be red right after physical activity)

    § Headache

    § Dizziness and weakness or exhaustion

    § Nausea

    § The skin may or may not feel hot

    Heat stroke is the last stage and most serious stage of health-related illnesses. At this stage, a person might have stopped sweating altogether and the skin may appear dry and hot. The pulse rate can be strong but very rapid and the person may find it hard to breathe. Body temperature could reach 103º Fahrenheit or higher. The person may be vomiting or may even lose consciousness altogether.

    Who is at increased risk for heat-related illness?

    § Anyone is at risk for heat-related illnesses.

    § However, children and the elderly are at greater risk.

    § In addition, people who are overweight, exercise strenuously outdoors, or take certain medications or use alcohol may be at higher risk.

    What should you do if you are showing signs of heat-related illness?

    1. Immediately get out of the sun to a shady or air conditioned area

    2. Cool off by taking a cool bath or spray yourself with water

    3. Drink water, but do not drink alcoholic beverages

    4. Get medical assistance as soon as possible if symptoms persist

    How should you protect yourself during high temperatures?

    §Remember to keep cool and use common sense

    §Drink water (consult your doctor if you have fluid intake restrictions)

    §Wear appropriate clothing

    §Wear sunscreen

    §Schedule outdoor activities carefully

    §Pace yourself with strenuous physical exercise

    §Stay in air-conditioned home or cooling centers

    §Use a buddy system to help monitor those at

    risk and have someone check up on you

    For more information about heat-related illness or the City’s cooling centers, please visit http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/ or contact Cristie Duric at 203-946-8457.

    Contact Name: Adam Joseph

    Contact Email: AJoseph@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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