Tips to beat the heat during New York area heat wave

May 31, 2013 5:25:27 AM PDT
With temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees through the weekend, we've got tips on staying cool in the humid weather.

Tips and Resources to Beat the Heat

As temperatures are on the rise, residents are advised to avoid strenuous activity, drink plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids, and take precautions against suffering heat-related illness.

Children, older adults, people with disabilities and pets are most at risk during excessive temperatures.

Health officials suggest the following heat related emergency safety tips:

  • Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible
  • If you do go outside stay in the shade
  • If your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air conditioned mall, library or other public place
  • Wear sunscreen outside, along with loose fitting light colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible
  • Drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty. Limit alcohol, and sugary drinks which speeds dehydration
  • Never leave children or pets alone in the car
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
  • Take a cool shower or bath - BUT be careful because sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.
  • Be a good neighbor, check on elderly and people with disabilities in your community who may need assistance keeping cool.
  • Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.

    Additionally, residents should contact their local and/or county offices of emergency management regarding any open air-conditioned senior centers or cooling stations.

    According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults and people with disabilities are more at risk for heat because they do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature; they are more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat; and they are more likely to take prescription medicines that impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration.

    The CDC also offers the following tips for older adults, persons with disabilities and/or their caregivers:

  • Visit older adults who are at risk at least twice a day and watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

  • Encourage them to increase their fluid intake by drinking cool, nonalcoholic beverages regardless of their activity level.

    Warning: If their doctor generally limits the amount of fluid they drink or they are on water pills, they will need to ask their doctor how much they should drink while the weather is hot.

  • Take them to air-conditioned locations, if they have transportation problems.

    Heat is often referred to as the "silent killer," in contrast to tornados, hurricanes and other natural hazards with more dramatic visual effects.

    New York City Heat Information

    For more information on coping with heat, see the Ready New York: Beat the Heat guide at For more information on the health effects associated with extreme heat visit

    New York State Ozone Information:

    Elevated heat and humidity can also lead to unhealthy ozone levels. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forecasts daily ozone conditions on its website, Dec.NY.Gov, for the New York Metropolitan area, which includes Westchester County. Air quality updates are also provided daily on the New York State Air Quality Hotline at 1-800-535-1345.

    Con Edison

    Customers can report power interruptions or service problems, view service restoration information and the outage map online at, as well as on their mobile device. They also may call 1-800-75-CONED promptly if they are experiencing any service difficulties.

    Jersey City announces Cooling Centers Opening
    Monday through Friday from 9 AM ? 4:30 PM, the following centers are available to senior citizens:

  • The Joseph Connors Senior Center (Paterson Street Center) 28 Paterson St. off of Central Avenue
  • The Maureen Collier Community Center 335 Bergen Avenue between Ege and Virginia Aves.

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