Cooling centers open for those who need relief from heat

By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Jul. 18, 2013

As temperatures push into the triple-digits, East Hartford residents are reminded there are cooling centers in town for those seeking relief from the heat. East Hartford has designated three locations as “cooling centers.”  They are the South End Senior Center on 70 Canterbury St., which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; the Raymond Library at 840 Main St., which is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.. on Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and the Public Safety Complex at 31 School St. (police lobby), which is open 24 hours, all days. 

There will not be any special staff or services offered at any of these locations. Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc also urges residents to “drink plenty of water throughout the day, wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing and limit your time outdoors.”

The extreme heat can be dangerous to anyone’s health, but especially for young children, the elderly and those who work outside. 
“Check regularly on infants and children, the elderly or physically ill, because they are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses,” said Leclerc. “For those who do not have air conditioning, choose places to go for relief from the heat like malls, theaters or the designated cooling centers in town.”

To protect yourself from heat related illnesses, the Department of Public Health’s website recommends the following tips:

• Drink plenty of fluids
• Avoid hot foods and heavy meals – they add heat to your body
• Replace salt and minerals
• Wear the right clothing and sunscreen
• Go outside when it’s coolest
• Pace yourself
• Stay cool indoors
• Use a buddy system when working outside

And don’t forget about your pets: Make sure you provide them with fresh water that is left in a shady area.

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