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Increased Temperatures, Increased Risks

July 21, 2011 | Uncategorized

As the heat rises, so too does the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  The extreme heat is particularly difficult on the elderly and individuals living with chronic health conditions.  The best way to prevent heat-related health risks is to stay in an air-conditioned place.  If you must exercise or work outside, make sure you do so in the coolest part of the day and stay hydrated.  When the heat index – a measure of temperature and humidity – is expected to be dangerously high, cooling centers – public spaces open to anyone to cool off – will be opened to provide relief.  

It is also important to remember that opening a fire hydrant without a spray cap is illgal and could hamper firefighting efforts by reducing the water pressure.  You can get an approved spray cap at your local firehouse. 

For more information on etreme heat, please visit the New York City Office of Emergency Management website.