To help residents cope with the soaring temperatures, The Westchester County Health Department offers a 24-hour *stay cool* information line, (914) 813-5620 which provides tips on how to stay cool in the heat and identifies cooling centers
If no convenient referrals are available, give callers following suggestions:
Seniors who need transportation to cooling center
Tips on how to stay cool
- Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing; drink lots of water and avoid hot foods, heavy meals and alcohol.
- Physical activity generates body heat, so slow down and take it easy as the temperature rises
- To avoid heat stress, try to spend as much time as you can in pleasant surroundings - a cool room in your home, an air-conditioned mall, a senior citizen center, the public library or a movie theater.
- Fans can also provide good indoor circulation, and cool baths or showers offer excellent relief from the heat.
Tips for Pet/Animal Safety in Heat Emergency:
- Take pet to vet for summer check-up, check for parasites.
- Never leave pet alone in vehicle, even with windows open.
- Always carry a gallon of fresh water for pet when traveling.
- Limit outdoor playtime to early morning, or evening.
- Do not take pet out to play right after meal or in humid weather.
- Don't let pet stand on hot asphalt. Keep walks to a minimum.
- Wash salt off dogs after swimming in ocean.
- Bring pets indoors to cool place during heat of the day.
- Don't apply sunscreen or insect repellents unless labeled for animals.
- Don't leave unscreened windows open that pets could jump or fall through.
- Don't shave fur down to skin. Leave one inch for sun protection.
- Keep dogs with heart or lung disease, or old or overweight dogs, inside.
- Keep some breeds indoors, check with your veterinarian.
- Keep matches, lighter fluid, citronella candles, insect coils out of reach.
PUTNAM HEALTH DEPARTMENT