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Norwalk Fire Dept. Tells Residents To Keep Cool

NORWALK, Conn. – With temperatures edging into the 90s, the Norwalk Fire Department-Office of Emergency Management urges residents to take precautions. "High temperatures bring special health risks," Michele DeLuca, deputy director of Emergency Management, said in a statement. "Understanding the effects of heat is the best way to be prepared, but some basic precautions everyone can take right now will help avoid discomfort and illness."

The following tips can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:

? Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.

? Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty.

? Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.

? Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.

? Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.

? Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.

? Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.

? Never leave people, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle .

? Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

? Cooling centers: If you do not have air conditioning or fans in your home, the libraries and City Hall are open and serve as the city's cooling centers.

For additional resources, visit the city's website .

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