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Cool Options for Heat

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MAMARONECK, NEW ROCHELLE–Local governments are giving residents that need them some cool options:

In Mamaroneck, Cooling Centers are not opening, based on the assessment by Con Edison that they do not expect electrical outages due to the higher demand during this heat wave. (Tell that to the people that lost power earlier this week.)

In New Rochelle, Hugh Doyle Senior Center will be open for extended hours as a cooling center for seniors  at 94 Davis Ave. and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The New Rochelle Public Library will also operate as a cooling center and will be open from  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The Town of Mamaroneck is extending the hours of the Senior Center to 7PM and will go beyond that if necessary.

At the Hommocks Pool, the outside pool hours will be extended to 8PM and the big pool closes at 8:40 PM.

The Village of Mamaroneck is extending the hours of the Sprayground at Harbor Island Beach  until 8 p.m.

You know all this, but here’s a reminder:

With the extremely hot weather forecast for this week, especially today and tomorrow, the Village of Mamaroneck is issuing this heat advisory, and energy conservation advisory.

Heat Advisory and Personal Safety Tips:
The National Weather Service and other agencies have issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the New York Metropolitan Region, which includes the Village of Mamaroneck and our neighboring communities.

·         Potential impacts and concerns for everyone include heat-related disorders for children, the elderly, and people performing physical activities, especially during the peak heat times that are reached mid-day.

·         Precautions that should be taken to limit strenuous activity outdoors during the day, and drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated.

·         Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

o   Heat stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by body temperatures reach 104-degrees or higher.  A detailed description of from the Westchester County Health Department describes heat stroke as a serious and life-threatening condition that claims many lives nationwide each year. Symptoms include hot, dry skin; shallow breathing; a rapid, weak pulse; and confusion. People with potential heat stroke should seek immediate medical attention, and take immediate steps to reduce body temperature to more normal levels.

o   Heat exhaustion symptoms include dizziness, muscle weakness, and nausea or vomiting.  Treatment should include re-hydration and cooling – drink plenty of fluids.

·         Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing, wear a broad-rimmed hat and drink plenty of water.

·         Workers who are working outdoors should schedule regular rest in shaded or air conditioned environments, and drink plenty of fluids.

·         Stay indoors in cooler, air-conditioned environments.

·         Never leave children or animals in a closed, parked vehicle.  The risk is life-threatening.

·         Limit the drinking of alcohol or caffeinated beverages, which can lead to dehydration.

photo: June Marie Sobrito

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