Advice offered for dealing with the heat
Published 9:33 am, Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Temperatures are expected to be in the high 80s to mid-90s in coming days, so precaution is needed when working or going outside.
The hot temperatures and extreme humidity can create a dangerous situation in which heat-related illnesses are very possible.
Some tips from the office of Mayor Pat Murphy to avoid heat-related illnesses:
If it’s necessary to work/exercise outdoors, try to do so during the early morning or evening hours;
Drink plenty of fluids;
Take frequent breaks in a shaded or cool location;
Dress for comfort in loose breathable, light colored clothing;
Avoid excessive periods of time in the sun.
Senior citizens in New Milford may go to the Senior Center at 40 Main Street to seek relief from the heat during normal business hours, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other residents may wish to visit the library, a movie theater, a museum or do some indoor shopping at a location with air conditioning.
If choosing to be outside, seek a shaded park or area of the beach.
Check on vulnerable family, friends and neighbors.
Do not leave pets outside for extended periods of time, and be sure pets have plenty of water to drink.
Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle; even a few open windows will not keep the vehicle cool enough.
Common signs of heat stroke are a high fever (104° Fahrenheit or higher), severe headache, dizziness and feeling light-headed, muscle weakness or cramps, nausea and vomiting.
Those who have been exposed to the heat for prolonged periods and feeling ill should immediately seek medical assistance or call 911.