NORWALK, Conn. -- With temperatures rising into the 90s Tuesday and humidity making it feel even hotter, the city of Norwalk has opened a couple cooling centers and is reminding residents to keep cool during the extreme heat.
Public libraries and City Hall are open and serve as the city's cooling centers. Older residents can also visit the senior centers. The main library will be open until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the SoNo library bill be open until 8:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the main library is open until 8:30 p.m. and the SoNo library is open until 5:30 p.m.
“Extreme hot weather can be very dangerous, especially for the elderly, young children, and those who work outdoors,” said Mayor Harry Rilling. “Remember to take frequent breaks if working outside and drink plenty of water to beat the heat.”
The city has also offered a number of other tips for residents to keep themselves cool:
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, as well as hats or use an umbrella. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy.
- Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continually, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol or caffeine, which will 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 on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
- Never leave persons, especially children, or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
- Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation much more difficult.
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