FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- With temperatures soaring into the 90s for the second straight day and air quality reaching unhealthy levels again, Fairfield County residents are being warned to stay safe and cool in the dangerous heat.
The Air Quality Alert warns that ground level ozone may approach or exceed unhealthy standards, the state warns.
The Greenwich Department of Health released a list of tips to help residents get through the next few days of severely hot weather.
- Keep children and pets inside, except for brief stays outdoors.
- Avoid direct sunlight exposure and give pets plenty of water to drink.
- If you don’t have to go out, stay indoors. Spend time in air-conditioning, if possible. Electric fans can also be used to exhaust air from rooms.
- Avoid strenuous activities as much as possible. Early morning and evening hours are best if you must exercise.
- Drink plenty of fluids regardless of your activity. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or those with large amounts of sugar and salt.
- Those who are on a restricted fluid intake should check with their physician.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle even if the windows are open.
- Don’t leave food items in the car or outdoors – food spoils quickly.
- Take a cool shower, bath or move into an air conditioned space to cool off.
- Eat light, cool, easy to digest foods.
- Rest often in shady areas, especially if you are working outdoors.
- Wear sunglasses and apply sunscreen with UV protection of 15 or higher. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
The department also said in the release to regularly check in on infants, young children, people over the age of 65 and those who have a medical condition or mental illness.
Not following these steps could lead to heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Call for emergency medical assistance immediately by dialing 911. If possible, move the person into a cool or air-conditioned environment. Signs of heat stroke may include headache, confusion, nausea, dizziness, high body temperature, difficulty breathing, and rapid and strong pulse.
If you don't have air conditioning, visit a relative or friend who does, your town's public library, a shopping mall, a movie theater or any other public buildings that have air conditioning.
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