New London to open cooling center

New London — With temperatures predicted to be "unusually high, with extreme levels of humidity throughout the week," the city has announced its cooling center, at the Senior Citizen Center at 120 Broad St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Should people need overnight accommodations, city personnel will work with local shelters for temporary placement, the news release states.

The city also said that while anyone can experience a heat-related illness, the following people are at greater risk: infants and young children; people 65 years of age or older; people who are overweight; people who overexert during work or exercise; and people who are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor circulation. The city is reminding people to stay hydrated and check on sick and elderly neighbors and relatives. The city's first responders will be "extra vigilant looking for those who are having difficulty during these challenging heat conditions," the release states.

The city released tips to stay safe:

• Keep body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness and stay inside air-conditioned spaces. People who need to be outdoors should try to do so only in the morning and evening and to rest often in shady areas.

• Find an air-conditioned shelter and don't rely on a fan as a primary cooling device.

• Avoid direct sunlight and wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Take cool showers or baths.

• Check several times a day on those most at risk.

• Pets that cannot be brought indoors should be provided access to water and shade.

• Stay hydrated, as the body loses fluids through sweat during times of extreme heat. Drink more water than usual; don't wait until thirsty to drink; drink two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside; avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar; and remind others to drink enough water.

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