Mineola, NY – With high temperatures and humidity impacting the region, and an upcoming heat wave expected, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that cooling centers will be open to the public this week.
“The combination of heat and humidity can become unbearable and dangerous for many of our residents,” said County Executive Mangano. “I encourage residents to take precautions and visit one of our cooling centers if they need relief from the heat.”
The following Cooling Centers – offered by Nassau County—are open for the remainder of the week from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm
- Mitchel Field Complex – 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Uniondale – 516-572-0400
- Wantagh Park Community Center– 1 King Road, Wantagh – 516-571-7460
- Grant Park – 1625 Broadway, Hewlett – 516-571-7821
The following Cooling Centers—offered by Town of Oyster Bay—will be open during normal park operating hours:
- Bethpage Ice Center – 1001 Stewart Ave, Bethpage – 516-433-7465
- SYO Woodbury Ice Rink – 7900 Jericho Tpke, Woodbury – 516-677-5990
- Marjorie Post Rink – 451 Unqua Rd, Massapequa – 516-797-7990
The Nassau County Department of Health also offers the following information for residents to protect themselves and others during high temperatures:
- Check on relatives and friends, especially the elderly.
- Increase time spent in an air-conditioned environment.
- Drink fluids – especially water. Avoid beverages that contain alcohol.
- Take cool baths.
- Individuals especially at risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses should refrain from physical activity, avoid being alone, keep their sleeping area well ventilated, and avoid falling asleep in a hot room.
- Eat light, but nutritious foods.
- Avoid the sun at the hottest times of the day.
- Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothing.
Elderly people, infants, and many individuals with chronic medical conditions are at high risk for heat-related problems and should be very cautious about exposure.
If any person experiences heat stroke or exhaustion, get medical help immediately.
Symptoms of heat-related illnesses may include: headache, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and low pulse rate. Other symptoms may include cold pale and clammy skin or hot, flushed dry skin.
Also as a reminder do not leave children or pets in cars. Even in cool temperatures, cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly. Anyone left inside is at risk for serious heat-related illnesses or even death. Even with the windows cracked open, interior temperatures can rise almost 20° F within the first 10 minutes. Children and pets that are left unattended in parked cars are at greatest risk for heat stroke, and possibly death. When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children or pets that have fallen asleep in the car.
For more information, please contact the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management at (516) 573-9600.
SUMMER HEAT SAFETY TIPS
Summer is here and along with it comes hot and humid conditions. Rising temperatures and upcoming heat waves can create a dangerous environment for the residents and visitors of Nassau County. In an effort to help prevent heat related medical conditions, we have put together some tips to keep Nassau residents aware of the signs and symptoms of heat related medical conditions such as dehydration, heatstroke, and heat exhaustion. In addition, we have also listed some tips on how to prevent heat stroke and dehydration and how to treat heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
We would like to remind residents to dial 911 at the first sign of a medical emergency. In addition, residents should check on their family, friends and neighbors, especially if they are senior citizens.
Signs & Symptoms
- Severe thirst
- Muscle cramps
- Muscle weakness
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Fast, shallow breathing
- Increased sweating
- Cool, clammy skin
- Elevation of body temperature to 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Severe throbbing headache
- Disorientation, agitation or confusion
- Sluggishness or fatigue
- Hot, dry skin that is flushed but not sweaty
- A high body temperature
- Loss of consciousness
- Rapid heart beat
- Less-frequent urination
- Dry skin
- Dry mouth and mucous membranes
- Increased heart rate and breathing
- In children, additional symptoms may include dry mouth and tongue; no tears when crying; no wet diapers for more than 3 hours; sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks; high fever; listlessness; irritability; skin that does not flatten when pinched and released.
How Heatstroke Can Be Prevented
- Drink plenty of fluids during outdoor activities; water and sports drinks are preferred; tea, coffee, soda and alcohol should be avoided
- Wear lightweight, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing in light colors
- Schedule vigorous activity and sports for cooler times of the day
- Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses and using an umbrella
- Increase time spent outdoors gradually get your body used to the heat
- During outdoor activities, take frequent drink breaks and mist yourself with a spray bottle to avoid becoming overheated
- Try to spend as much time indoors as possible on very hot humid days
How Dehydration Can Be Prevented
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially when working or playing in the sun
- Make sure you are taking in more fluid than you are losing
- Drink appropriate sports drinks to help maintain electrolyte balance
- Infants and children should be given Pedialyte to maintain their electrolyte balance
How to treat Heatstroke and Heat Exhaustion
- Bring the person indoors, or into the shade immediately
- Remove their clothing, and gently apply cool water to the skin followed by fanning to stimulate sweating
- Apply ice packs to the groin and armpits
- Have the person lie down in a cool area with their feet slightly elevated