With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees for the next several days, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has declared a heat emergency. Seniors and youth are especially cautioned to take precautionary measures.
The Rose Baker Senior Center will be open for use as cooling centers for the public to use starting Thursday. Rose Baker Location: 6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930 / Phone: (978) 281-9765
Mayor Romeo Theken and Health Department Assistant Director Max Schenk issued the following heat safety tips for all members of the public:
- Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-15 or higher and wear protective, loose fitting clothing, including long sleeve shirts and hats.
- The elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions, especially respiratory conditions, are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
- Check in on the elderly and family or neighbors who may be at risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke as temperatures climb.
- Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of times.
- If you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint, stop all activity and immediately find shade or a cool area to rest. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the sun’s UV radiation is strongest
- Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
- Homeless individuals can become dehydrated rapidly due to a lack of access to water or shelter from the heat. If you observe someone who appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately
- If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of 6.
- Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Children should always wear shoes on playgrounds because surfaces can become extremely hot and cause burns, even splash pads and spray decks.