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Stamford Sets Up Cooling Centers To Beat The Extreme Heat

A weeklong heat wave and busy police topped the week's news in Ridgefield.
A weeklong heat wave and busy police topped the week's news in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: File Photos

STAMFORD, Conn. — With high temperatures soaring into the 90s and high humidity blanketing Stamford, the city has set up designated cooling centers for those looking to beat the heat.

Here are the locations in Stamford:

  • Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends as needed.
  • Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent St., weekdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekends 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Ave., Monday to Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekends 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Chester Addison Community Center, 245 Selleck St., weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weekends as needed.
  • Residents can also visit and enjoy other public areas with air conditioning such as the Ferguson Library, Shopping Centers and the Town Center m mall.

Stamford Director of Public Safety, Health & Welfare, Ted Jankowski, advises Stamford residents and visitors to take precautions and recommends the following tips to deal with the heat.

Know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. They include:

  • Body temperature greater than or equal to 105 degrees
  • Skin that is hot and dry with red spots
  • Mental confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Convulsions
  • Note: If you are experiencing these symptoms, dial 911 or visit a hospital emergency room.

Be prepared for the extreme heat conditions:

  • Have the phone number of your family doctor clearly next to your phone and stored in your cellular phone.
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him/her how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar – these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a cooling center, the movies, shopping mall, public library, or a friend’s house/apartment with air conditioning–even a few hours spent in an air conditioned environment 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 any person or pet in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • 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 early 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 and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say "UVA/UVB protection" on their labels).

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

  • Infants and young children
  • People aged 65 or older
  • People who have a mental illness
  • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

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