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As hot temperatures and humidity move into the Southern New England Area this season, Smithfield Emergency Management urges residents to take appropriate steps to stay cool. Emergency Management reminds residents of the dangers of extreme temperatures and to follow these important tips:

• If possible, stay out of the sun. Should you need to be in the sun, wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your face and head. Dress in lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.

• Drink fluids - particularly water - even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water to keep cool. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.

• Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the advisory period of noon to 7:00 PM.

• Never leave children, seniors, or pets in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.

• Make a special effort to check on your neighbors, especially senior citizens and people with special needs.

• Do not attempt to open fire hydrants. Opening hydrants to stay cool is illegal and extremely dangerous. Should you see an open hydrant, contact the Smithfield Fire Department by dialing 401-949-1330.

• Recognize the symptoms of heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

Heat exhaustion: Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, headache, weak pulse, dizziness, exhaustion, fainting, nausea or vomiting, and cold, clammy skin. Body temperature will seem normal.

Heat Stroke: Symptoms include flushed, hot, dry skin, weak or rapid pulse, shallow breathing, lack of sweating, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, and unconsciousness. Body temperature will be elevated, and victim should receive immediate medical attention.

Seek medical care for heat related illnesses without delay.

• Conserve electrical energy. During periods of hot and humid weather, regional electricity use rises. Conserve energy to help prevent power disruptions. Turn non-essential appliances off. Use air conditioners only when you are home. If you want to cool your home before prior to returning, use a timer that is approved for air conditioning units which bears an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal. Have air conditioners switch on not more then 30 minutes before your arrival home.

• Power outages are more likely to occur during warm weather, when utility usage is at its peak. If you lose power, safely check to see if a circuit breaker has been tripped. If there is no power to your home, call National Grid at 1-800-322-3223 to report the outage. Disconnect or turn off all appliances that will go on automatically when service is restored. If several appliances start up at once, they may overload electrical circuits. To prevent food spoilage, keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. Move milk, cheese, meats, and other perishables into the freezer compartment. If the freezer is only partially full, keep all items close together and stacked on top of each other.

• When a heat advisory is issued by the National Weather Service, take advantage of the Town-wide Cooling Center located at the Smithfield Ice Rink at 109 Pleasant View Avenue. Residents may cool off in the bleachers from 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

• The Smithfield EMA FAN LOAN PROGRAM is available for residents who are unable to afford or obtain a fan. A heat advisory from the National Weather Service automatically activates the Fan Loan Program. Residents in need may contact Emergency Management at 401-640-2923 to arrange for a fan. Fans for those in need will be delivered by Emergency Management personnel or a member of the Smithfield EMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

 

With excerpts from:
New York City Office of Emergency Management
US Centers for Disease Control
Federal Emergency Management Agency

June 2007
Updated May 2012

Rhode Island Department of Health
http://www.health.state.ri.us/seasonal/summer/


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/

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