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Cool Tips to Beat the Heat

July 24, 2008 | EHSO Council

The past few months have given us some uncomfortably high temperatures. The June heat wave was scorching and the relentless humidity has been, at times, unbearable. Living in New York City in the summer has its pros, with a cornucopia of outdoor activities, and cons, with the urban heat island effect (where temperatures in a city are higher than its surroundings). Those enjoying the outdoors, however, should be wary of the heat and its associated health effects. Everyone has his or her own way of coping with the summer weather, but for general information, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), under the Ready New York campaign, has created a brochure entitled “Beat the Heat,” which is publicly available in six languages. Anyone interested in reading the brochure or taking advantage of OEM’s other resources should visit the website, http://www.nyc.gov/html/oem/html/ready/heat_guide.shtml.