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Norwalk Warns Residents To Stay Safe In Hot Weather

The Norwalk City Hall is among places in Norwalk for residents without air conditioning to go during the hot weather.
The Norwalk City Hall is among places in Norwalk for residents without air conditioning to go during the hot weather. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. -- People living in Norwalk are being advised to stay safe and cool as the temperatures soar.

The city of Norwalk sent out an announcement Monday reminding residents that excessive heat can be deadly and has caused more deaths in recent years than all other weather events.

Here are some some safety tips for dealing with hot and humid weather:

  • Don't have air conditioning? Head to the Norwalk's public libraries or City Hall.
  • Pay attention to local weather reports because high temperatures and humidity can also trigger severe thunderstorms.
  • Prevention is the best way to stay safe in a heat wave, experts say.

Here are some prevention tips:

Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink, unless your doctor has restricted your fluid limit or put you on water pills, in which case you need to check with your doctor.

Avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

Don't drink alcoholic beverages or ones with large amounts of sugar because these can actually cause you to lose body fluid.

Eat small and lighter meals throughout the day rather than large, heavy ones.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, Norwalk residents can go to the public libraries or city hall-even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.

Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Never leave anyone or any pets in a closed, parked vehicle.

Who is at high risk?

Anyone, especially infants and young children, people age 65 and older, anyone who is physically or mentally ill, with heart disease and high blood pressure. Check on these high risk individuals regularly.

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Infants and young children need much more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat: Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.

Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.

Try to rest often in shady areas.

Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "broad spectrum" or "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels).

The Norwalk Public Library has the following three locations with air conditioning:

Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Ave. For hours and information, call (203) 899-2780

South Norwalk Branch Libary, 10 Washington St. For hours and information, call (203) 899-2790.

East Norwalk Association Library, 51 Van Zant St. For hours and information, call (203) 838-0408.

The Norwalk City Hall is located at 125 East Ave. For hours and information, call (203) 854-3200.

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