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Norwalk officials: Stay safe during extreme heat

By City of Norwalk

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NORWALK, CT - As Norwalk and surrounding communities face high temperatures and hot weather in the coming days, City officials urge residents to protect themselves from extreme heat and recognize the signs and symptoms of heat illness. City Hall will be closed over the weekend, but residents searching for a cooling center can go to a Norwalk Public Library branch (10 Washington Street or 1 Belden Avenue) from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday to cool off. Other great places to seek air conditioning include retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, or visiting family and friends.

The following tips from the Norwalk Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management can help you stay cool during the hot days ahead:
• Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
• Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.
• Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
• Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
• Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
• Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
• Don't get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.
• Cooling centers: If you do not have air conditioning or fans in your home, access the City’s cooling centers at Norwalk Public Library (10 Washington Street or 1 Belden Avenue) from 9 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday to cool off. Other great places to seek air conditioning include retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants, or visiting family and friends.

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