Summer is here, and as temperatures rise, city officials are urging people to stay safe in the heat.
Stamford’s Director of Health and Social Services, Anne Fountain, says it’s important to keep the following tips in mind on a hot day, such as drinking more fluids, regardless of activity level; avoiding liquids with caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar; not waiting until you’re thirsty to drink; and limiting physical activity and time spent outdoors. If you have to be outdoors, Fountain says to wear lightweight clothing and protect yourself with sunscreen and a hat.
Fountain says it’s also important to recognize the signs of heat related illnesses, such a heat stroke.
“Your body temperature is over 105 degrees Fahrenheit, your skin is hot and dry or is red blotchiness. If you are experiencing confusion or having convulsions, seek medical help immediately,” says Fountain.
The health director says to also watch out for muscle fatigue, nausea, headache, and rapid heartbeat, which can all be symptoms of heat exhaustion.
“What you want to do is make sure you get out of the sun immediately and try to get into a cool place like an air conditioned place and drink lots of fluids,” says Fountain. “If within 30 minutes you don’t find relief from being indoors and drinking fluids, then go seek medical help.”
While anyone can suffer from a heat related illness, Fountain says some are at more risk than others.
“Infants and young children, people over the age of 65, people who may have mental illness, and those who are physically ill especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, we recommend to keep an eye and make sure that they aren’t experiencing the symptoms,” says Fountain.
If you can’t stay cool at home on a hot day, Fountain recommends visiting cool places such as the movie theatre, library, or mall. The city also opens cooling centers in extreme heat. Those locations can be found on the city’s website at stamfordtc.gov. For more tips on staying safe in the heat, visit the National Weather Service Website at weather.gov.