Staten Island, N.Y., Offers Tips to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

High heat and humidity are forecast early in the week. Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers and senior centers that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

by Kyle Lawson, Staten Island Advance, N.Y. / August 19, 2019
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(TNS) — A dangerously-hot Monday is raising concerns of heat-related emergencies across New York City, according to an alert issued by the city’s Office of Emergency Management.

High heat and humidity are forecast for the start of the work week, with heat index values in the upper 90s, according to the National Weather Service.

New Yorkers can “greatly” reduce the risk of heat-related illness by following a few precautions, according to Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

“Try to stay near air conditioning, wear light cool clothing, drink lots of water and try to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day," said Barbot in a written statement Monday.

Pets and children should not be left in vehicles, as temperatures can rise quickly, even with the windows down.

“Also, check in on friends, family members and neighbors who are sick, elderly, or disabled and may need assistance in a heat emergency,” said Barbot.

Cooling centers are air-conditioned facilities such as libraries, community centers and senior centers that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

To find a cooling center, including accessible facilities closest to you, call 311 or see the NYC Cooling Center Finder at NYC.gov/beattheheat.

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