Caring for a loved one during the heatwave

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Caring for a loved one during the heatwave

With weather hitting as high as 93 degrees today, keep in mind the members of our communities who may be the most vulnerable during the heatwave.

Check on elderly and disabled loved ones and neighbors, and ensure that they have everything required to stay comfortable as the dog days (thankfully) come to a close.

New York City Emergency Management Department today announced that cooling centers will remain open through Thursday, September 6.

If there is no air conditioner in their home, visit a public cooling center for relief.

To find a public cooling center near you, call 311 or search 'NYC Cooling Center Finder' to access an interactive map.

Here's a few more tips for keeping it cool during the warm weather:

  • Ensure that their air conditioners have clean filters, they have enough water in the fridge, and have the curtains drawn.
  • Cooling packs or a wet rag can bring relief when applied to the forehead, wrists, and back of neck.
  • Stay out of the sun, and wear breezy, light-colored clothing.
  • Make sure your loved one is drinking enough water. Even if they don't feel thirsty; it's important to keep hydrated as our bodies need water to keep cool. They should steer clear of alcohol and caffeine as this can dehydrate them further.
  • Ensure they eat small, frequent meals.

It's important that you're aware of the symptoms of heat illness. If your loved one exhibits the following symptoms, call 911 immediately.

  • Hot dry skin.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Rapid heartbeat.
  • Confusion, disorientation, or dizziness.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

The good news is that temperatures are to become more comfortable tomorrow, dipping to 78 degrees in New York City.

For more information, check out Beat the Heat.

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Elaine Mc Callig

Elaine Mc Callig

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