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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Senior Center is ‘Cooling Center’

Human Services Director Elaine Daignault announced today that the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave., is open to the public today as an officially designated “cooling center.”

The Center will be open until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Any questions, please contact the Center at (203)341-5099. 

The air-conditioned Westport Public Library welcomes visitors as usual until 9 p.m. today, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., an announcement said.

Heat waves are particularly dangerous for children, seniors, and people with special needs.

Daignault asked residents to please check on your neighbors and offer them assistance. Heat-related illnesses can become medical emergencies — call 911,especially in the case of heat stroke. 

Some cooling tips:

• Stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15).

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn. Give your body a chance to adjust to extreme temperature changes.

• Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids.

• Use shades or awnings.

• Consider going to public pools and air-conditioned stores and malls.

• Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.

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Posted 07/20/17 at 02:45 PM  Permalink



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